common things

Valentina07

Member
Russian-Russia
Hello!
Could you, please, tell me whether "common" is a right word in this sentence? They are our common things. You can take anything you need and you don't have to ask my permission.
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    It is fine, but it probably wouldn't be most people's first choice of words. "They are everyone's", "they are for everyone", "they are for all of us" or "they belong to all of us" sound more likely to me.
     

    LVRBC

    Senior Member
    English-US, standard and medical
    The problem in US-English is that common also means everyday, ordinary, usually present, so there's room for confusion. You could say "these are things we share" as well as any one of Uncle Jack's alternatives. Technically your sentence is correct, however.
     

    Valentina07

    Member
    Russian-Russia
    The problem in US-English is that common also means everyday, ordinary, usually present, so there's room for confusion. You could say "these are things we share" as well as any one of Uncle Jack's alternatives. Technically your sentence is correct, however.
    Thank you!
     
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