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Dear Jerry,
I am writing up some advertising and was unsure of the proper grammar for the following sentence:

"We are looking forward to caring for your and your family's hearing health."

I had it proofread by a friend who indicated that the first "your" should just be "you" which I had wrestled with myself, but decided that if I removed "and your family's" from the sentence, then "your hearing health" is correct.  I suppose the other interpretation is that "We are looking forward to caring for 1) you and 2) your family's hearing health."

Please advise. It may come down to which one sounds better, and if so, I would probably go with "you."

Thank you for your time and volunteer service.

Clint

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Clint,

Changing to you will change the meaning of the sentence. Now, you're talking about you the total package (object of preposition for) or your total health not hearing health.

Left at your (adjective modifying hearing health) confines what you're caring for down to just hearing not total package.

I hope that makes it clear.


Jerry Leone

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Jerry Leone

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I`ve taught writing or some aspect of the English language for nearly 35 years. I can answer nearly any question on grammar, usage or meanings of words above dictionary usage. An avid crossword fan and writer, I can also answer questions about business presentations and resumes.

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I have worked with words all my life as a teacher of the language and as an amateur and professional writer. Communication is a vital force in my life and everyone else's.

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Sigma Delta Chi, NY Press Association, NY Publishers Association

Education/Credentials
BA in English from the University of Buffalo, MEd in English from SUNY Buffalo, MA in English Literature from SUNY Buffalo. Course work in Journalism from Syracuse Univ., in Linguistics from Rutgers Univ. and Journalism from Univ. of Texas and Ohio Univesrity.

Awards and Honors
Chancellor's Award for Excellence Teaching SUNY, Distinguished Teaching Award SUNY Morrisville, Who's Who in American Journalism Education

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