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Making Sense of Grammar
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When one ‘belongs to’ a group or an organization but does not ‘own’ it, 的de is not used, and the plural form of a personal pronoun (你们nǐ men, 我们wǒ men, 他们tā men) is used, although the possessive case is used in such an expression in English.

我们国家的足球队又输了。

wǒ men guó jiā de zú qiú duì yòu shū le 。

The football team of our country (or my country) lost again.

他们班只有男生,没有女生。

tā men bān zhī yǒu nán shēng ,méi yǒu nǚ shēng 。

There are only male students in their class (or his class); there are no female students.

你们学校对面有一家书店,对不对?

nǐ men xué xiào duì miàn yǒu yī jiā shū diàn ,duì bú duì ?

There is a bookshop across from your school; is that right?

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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