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Question about của mình

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I understand that của mình is used to avoid repetition when the object belongs to the subject (Tôi uống nước của mình, etc). But does this apply when we are talking about possessive adjectives?

That is, would the following sentence be correct?

Tôi muốn bạn là của mình. - I want you to be mine

2 years ago

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You raised an interesting point. Your sentence is grammatically correct but it does sound unnatural.

In this case, I imagine two contexts: you're writing a diary/book and you want to emphasize you want someone to be yours, then using "của mình" is completely fine. (Others will understand that you are talking to yourself). Meanwhile, in conversation, you are telling others that you want someone to be yours, then "của tôi" should be used.

Evidently, this type of sentence is usually not going with "tôi" (for emotion-demonstrative purpose) but other pronouns such as "anh, em, tớ, cậu".

2 years ago

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When it comes to possession, repetition is best. Của mình technically means "of oneself" (mình =body). I see some sentences in there that say she wants to uống nước của mình. Which mình? Hers or mine? So repetition makes it clear:

Tôi uống nước của tôi
Tôi muốn bạn là của tôi

Just to be clear, bạn = friend, and tôi is a neutral term for "I" and "me." So you may want to step out of the "friend" zone before you want her to be yours :-) As ckhadung suggested, you may want to use:

Anh muốn em là của anh

2 years ago

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cool....ace answer....but should there be a "sẽ" in there someplace?

I can't work out where:

"Anh sẽ muon..." = you will want (?)

does ".....sẽ là của anh" = "....to be yours"?

Ahhhhh.......language is hard!!!!

2 years ago

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First, you don't want her to be yours now but someday you WILL want? :-) So that's a no to "will want."

Second, this is something "you want", it's more of a subjunctive mood than a future tense. That's why it's "to be yours" and not "will be yours." So that's a no to "sẽ là của anh" as well.

2 years ago

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Can you elaborate what you are asking? "sẽ" indicates future tense (skill Future) while this is about possessive adjectives.

2 years ago
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