His and John's couch.

Rabelaisian

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English - Canadian
It is his and John's couch.

Is it correct to use "his" for possession, if the couch belongs to both John and the other man represented by the "his"?

Thanks.
 
  • Rabelaisian

    Senior Member
    English - Canadian
    Perfect. Yeah, that's what I thought. I mean, if you can say "his and hers," then why wouldn't you be able to say "his and John's"? A part of me kept thinking it should be "It is he and John's couch" for some strange reason. I don't know why, since "his" is more logical.
     

    Rabelaisian

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    English - Canadian
    Wouldn't it be better to use two nouns (Chris and John's couch)? English usually puts a lot of emphasis on the parallelism of structures...
    A name might be better, depending on what came before it, yes. But if "Chris and John" was used a lot already, and Chris is being spoken of at the time, making it more than clear that "his" wouldn't be referring to anyone else, then, in that case, I'd go with "his."
     
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