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    Post My wife is already gone

    I wrote a letter to a friend last month, in my letter I said " My wife is already gone and the only possession that I have are my children." I would just like to state that we are already separated. Is my sentence correct? please make a comment.

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    Re: My wife is already gone

    (I am not a teacher)

    I think 'possession' refers to inanimate things, and you cannot say of your children, or any other people for that matter, that they are your possessions.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    Re: My wife is already gone

    I agree with stefan_kar you can't use 'possessions' when referring to people.


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    I agree with stefan_kar you can't use 'possessions' when referring to people.
    I offer a goat and four chickens for the girl. Not enough? very well, I offer two old ladies and a clock-radio.

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    Re: My wife is already gone

    Quote Originally Posted by thod00 View Post
    I offer a goat and four chickens for the girl. Not enough? very well, I offer two old ladies and a clock-radio.
    Perhaps what the other two posters should have said is "In what we consider civilized society, the word possessions is not generally used to refer to people."

    It would be better to say "all I have left is my children".

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    Re: My wife is already gone

    Quote Originally Posted by Searching for language View Post
    Perhaps what the other two posters should have said is "In what we consider civilized society, the word possessions is not generally used to refer to people."

    It would be better to say "all I have left is my children".
    How about " All I have are my children."?

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    Re: My wife is already gone

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    How about " All I have are my children."?

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    Re: My wife is already gone

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    How about " All I have are my children."?
    Thankyou for that Harry. We were not (at least I was not ) sensitive enough to what the OP was saying. Sometimes, I look at the language used without looking at the sentiments behind that language.


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    To all the members that made a comment regarding my question, My sincere thanks. It was very enlightening.

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