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Her suffering people

hirashin

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Dear native English speakers,

What does "her" refer to in this sentence?
She could not leave her suffering people behind?

How would it be different from "She could not leave the suffering people behind"?

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By saying "her suffering people" it indicates closeness, or kinship with the suffering people. Maybe they are of the same clan, the same family, or the same country.
In the second sentence, the use of "the" instead of "her" makes her independent from the suffering people. From the second sentence we don't know if she has a connection to the people, or if she is just someone who is concerned.
 

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Thank you again for the help, Majestic. Things that may be very easy to native speakers can be a block to non-native speakers.
 
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