Instead of 'pronouns' could we use 'the'?

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meylenlau
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Instead of 'pronouns' could we use 'the'?

Unread post by meylenlau » Thu Mar 16, 2006 12:46 am

Hello teachers,

Could you kindly view your opinion regarding this sentence which was written by my pupil during exam?

The aunty is gardening.

Instead of 'pronouns' he used 'the' . What's your view?

Your great help will be appreciated.
Thank you.

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Unread post by GiddyGad » Thu Mar 16, 2006 6:50 pm

Hi meylenlau,

With me it is all right, since the listener knows whose aunt is mentioned. Besides, just "aunty" without any article at all could also be good in this situation. "My"is absolutely unnecessary here.
Although, when one doesn't know which article should be used, a possessive pronoun is a way out.

I hope this helps,

GiddyGad

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Unread post by meylenlau » Fri Mar 17, 2006 9:36 am

GiddyGad wrote:Hi meylenlau,

With me it is all right, since the listener knows whose aunt is mentioned. Besides, just "aunty" without any article at all could also be good in this situation. "My"is absolutely unnecessary here.
Although, when one doesn't know which article should be used, a possessive pronoun is a way out.

I hope this helps,

GiddyGad
Thank you Giddygad, it's a great help.

meylenlau

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