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kimconu

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Vietnamese
I. 1 and 2, are they the same?

1. We can use "own" to emphasize that something belongs to somebody (not somebody else).

- This is my own car / house / pen.

- These are her own gauze masks.

2. We can use "of + my/your/her … own" to emphasize that something belongs to somebody (not somebody else).

- This is a car / house / pen of my own.

- These are gauze masks her own.


II. And we would not use "own" to show ownership of a person, we don’t say :

- This is my own mother.

- He is my own father.

- She is my own wife.

- He is my own boyfriend.

- She is my own love.

Am I correct?

Thanks!
 
  • owlman5

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    English-US
    1. We can use "own" to emphasize that something belongs to somebody (not somebody else).

    - This is my own car / house / pen.
    :thumbsup: But this sort of emphasis is fairly unusual, Kim. Most of the time, This is my car is enough to express your ownership of a car.

    2. We can use "of + my/your/her … own" to emphasize that something belongs to somebody (not somebody else).

    - This is a car / house / pen of my own.
    Of my own is possible, but it is even more unlikely than own in ordinary talk about the ownership of something. People sometimes use it after a noun to express a strong desire to possess something: All I ever wanted was a house of my own.

    II. And we would not use "own" to show ownership of a person, we don’t say :

    - This is my own mother.
    This doesn't seem any more unlikely to me than This is my own car. Once again, strongly emphasizing your personal possession of something -- a car, a parent, an idea, etc. -- is fairly unusual. If you need that emphasis, it is fine to use the word own, but people don't need that sort of emphasis very often in ordinary speech or writing.
     
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