When he recovered from...

99bottles

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I'm not sure what I should put between the verb recover and the noun (feeling) or whether I should put anything at all. For example, in the sentence below (mine)...

When he recovered from his/the/(no word) confusion, he finally talked and introduced himself.

Are all those options correct/natural?
 

Yankee

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With "his" it is a personal condition with no indication of the cause. With "the" it suggests the inclusion of an external event(s) that caused his confusion.
 

Tarheel

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Try:

When he recovered from his confusion, he spoke up and introduced himself.
 
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