use of possessive adjective

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Rich
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use of possessive adjective

Post by Rich » Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:55 am

Hello,

I am having trouble understanding why in the following sentence the possessive adjective “sua” is not preceded by the definite article:

Ogni studente deve descrivere a sua scelta o una persona, o un animale, o un oggetto usando minimo cinque aggettivi.
Each student must describe of his choice either a person, or an animal, or an object using a minimum of five adjectives.

I am wondering why the author of this sentence did not include the definite article before the possessive adjective and write the following:

Ogni studente deve descrivere alla sua scelta o una persona, o un animale, o un oggetto usando minimo cinque aggettivi.

I have checked on-line and in many reference books and just cannot find an explanation. I would really appreciate any possible help. Thank you!

Rich

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