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a book of him VS a book of his

 
 
SMickey
 
Reply Mon 2 Sep, 2013 07:01 pm
How are you?
I'm a S. Korean who's studying English.
Let me give you a couple of similar sentences and please tell me which sounds most natural to you.

1. The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was a personal responsibility of him.

2. The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was a personal responsibility of himself.

3. The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was a personal responsibility of his.

I've used the expression 'a friend of mine' a lot.
A similart pattern should be 'a personal responsibility of his', I guess.
My book also suggests the third one is grammatically correct.

Is my book right? Do you find the third sentence is the most natural?
You wouldn't recommend using the first or the second sentence, would you?

I'd appreciate any of your comment.
Thank you.
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 2 Sep, 2013 07:03 pm
Your book is correct.
dalehileman
 
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Reply Tue 3 Sep, 2013 10:34 am
@roger,
…and for what it's worth (not much around here) we'd be likely to entirely omit those last two words

….while I am most sincerely impressed, Mick, by your diligence and determination to learn a most difficult language
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 3 Sep, 2013 12:12 pm
@SMickey,
I would say,

The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was his personal responsibility.
Or,
The president of Girou Electronics stated that he was personally responsible for the financial performance of the company.
SMickey
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 08:39 am
@dalehileman,
I'm honored to hear that compliment from you.
I know I'm so much blessed to be able to meet good people just like you.
Thank you.
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SMickey
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 08:41 am
@izzythepush,
Thanks a lot for showing me those beautiful sentences.
I think I need to learn them by heart.
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JTT
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 09:35 am
@SMickey,
Quote:
1. The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was a personal responsibility of him.


1. The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was a personal responsibility for him.

This, with 'for' is a possibility.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 09:50 am
@JTT,
What sounds the most natural, my sentences or yours?
JTT
 
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Reply Fri 6 Sep, 2013 10:01 am
@izzythepush,
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What sounds the most natural, my sentences or yours?


I didn't suggest, Izzy, or mean to suggest that your examples were/are at all untoward. They are dandy examples.

As to which/what is more natural, that obviously depends on what a speaker intends. That is what nuance is all about.
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