Italian Language/possesioin

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Dear Maria,

Would you please tell me if both of the following sentences are acceptable ways to express possession:

Il ragazzo nuota con gli amici.
The boy is swimming with his friends.

Il ragazzo nuota con i suoi amici.
The boy is swimming with his friends.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,

Rich

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Dear Rich,

both “Il ragazzo nuota con gli amici” and “Il ragazzo nuota con i suoi amici” are correct and are acceptable ways to express possession, since, though in “Il ragazzo nuota con gli amici” there is not the possessive “suoi”, it is clear that he is swimming with his friends.

All the best,

Maria

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