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possessive adjective



fefa101
Tunisia

possessive adjective
 
hi! I am confused.. What is the correct alternative ( the right possessive adjective) in this sentence? and why? thank you!
"For those who have not been registred with the social welfare Department yet, I will help them fill up the necessary forms before submitting them for (his / its/ their) immidiate attention." 

25 Nov 2016      



douglas
United States

their (plural)

25 Nov 2016     



FrauSue
France

 
I think that "their" would be used in everyday spoken English, to refer to the people who work in the Department, but "its" could arguably be acceptable too as it refers to the Department as a whole.

25 Nov 2016     



fefa101
Tunisia

thank you! i wanted  to know whether the possessive adjective refers to "welfare Department" or to " the people who will register" or to "the forms"

25 Nov 2016     



FrauSue
France

Yes, it means "for the attention of the department." 
 

25 Nov 2016     



fefa101
Tunisia

thankyou!!
 

25 Nov 2016     



fefa101
Tunisia

thankyou!!
 

25 Nov 2016     



redcamarocruiser
United States

"Fill up" is wrong in American English.  We fill out forms.  We fill up a gas tank (in the car).

27 Nov 2016     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

In English English, it īs fill in a form and it īs for its attention.

28 Nov 2016