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    • Join Date: Oct 2007
    • Posts: 14

    Question His/His Own

    Hi. I hope someone can help me explain why it's correct to say:

    It would be nice if he could get a room of his own.

    instead of:

    It would be nice if he could get a room of his.

    Also, you could say:

    Have you seen that dog of his?

    but not:

    Have you seen that dog of his own?

    I'm having trouble explaining to a student why you have to use "own" in one case and not the other. I would appreciate it if someone can help me out. Thanks!

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 15

    Re: His/His Own

    As a learner of English, I should advise you to take this answer with a grain of salt.

    But then again, I would say: 'of his own' means having some control over it, while 'of his' would mean owning it, being its possessor.

    'that dog of his' = he is the owner of the dog

    Just a wild-goose guess, being a non-native speaker.


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