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Own vs. possess #1 (permalink) Thu Dec 09, 2004 7:32 am   Own vs. possess
 

Test No. incompl/inter-4 "Easy Questions", question 8

He has lots of money and ......... two houses in the city.

(a) holds
(b) owns
(c) occupies
(d) possesses

Test No. incompl/inter-4 "Easy Questions", answer 8

He has lots of money and owns two houses in the city.

Correct answer: (b) owns

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any difference between these two?

posses and own.
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Possess/own #2 (permalink) Thu Dec 09, 2004 8:48 am   Possess/own
 

The main difference is that possess is more often used in a figurative sense as in possess a sense of humour and in the owning sense it is generally used in a more personal way as in everything you possess means all those things close to you. Own is essentially factual and non-personal as in owning property/shares/land.
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Own vs. possess #3 (permalink) Thu Mar 05, 2009 16:02 pm   Own vs. possess
 

why not "holds?"
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Own vs. possess #4 (permalink) Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:44 pm   Own vs. possess
 

Hi,

Can I use 'possess' for a chemical compound?
For example, can I say 'This compound possesses certain properties.'

Thanks
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Own vs. possess #5 (permalink) Sun Mar 27, 2011 14:33 pm   Own vs. possess
 

Yes.
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Re: Possess/own #6 (permalink) Sat Dec 31, 2011 18:35 pm   Re: Possess/own
 

Great explication Alan.

I didn't know, and i was using this word without total comprehension.

Thanks again !!
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