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Thread: Is using the word "their" for inanimate objects wrong?

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    Is using the word "their" for inanimate objects wrong?

    Hi,

    Would a sentence like this be correct?

    "My eyes popped out of their pockets."

    "In the accident, both of my shoulders dislocated from their sockets."

    "The cars on the pier looked rusty and old, their windows smashed and mirrors missing."



    I know this question sounds very basic, but I've heard in the past that you should never use "their" to describe an object. I know eyes don't count as objects, but hopefully you know what I mean.


    Also, which word sounds better in this sentence? Which or that?

    The radio, which played the same CD all day long, was getting on Rob's nerves.

    OR

    "The radio, that played the same CD all day long, was getting on Rob's nerves."

    Thanks.
    Last edited by Lalaloopsy; 06-09-2020 at 03:32 PM.

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