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My Walmart

A Facebook reader complained that another commenter was incorrect to use the term “My Walmart” while speaking about the Walmart in closest proximity to her home. I use “my” like this all the time. Are we both incorrect to use the word “my” in this way, because we do not own the walmart as he points out, or is he just being a grammar prude?

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I accept the use of "My Walmart" to mean the Walmart closest to my home, and I also think it's prudish to object to that usage.

However, I would also point out that "My Walmart" can have at least four possible meanings:
1. that Walmart closest to my home;
2. that Walmart closest to my work (I often leave from work to go elsewhere);
3. that Walmart that I visit regularly, regardless of its proximity to my home/work; or,
4. that Walmart that I prefer, regardless of its proximity to my home/work.
(I often visit an out-of-state Walmart as I enjoy it and I visit it when I am visiting my out-of-state friends.)

I accept the use of "My Walmart" to mean the Walmart closest to me because: (i) I myself use it that way; and (ii) I often hear others use it in that way. And, I do believe it is prudish to object to this usage.

I would add one more distinction: "My Walmart" can have at least three meanings that I can think of:
(a) the Walmart closest to my home;
(b) the Walmart closest to my work - as I myself often go from work to other places; or
(c) the Walmart I visit regularly, regardless of its proximity to my home/work, as I often visit friends out-of-state and I enjoy going to the Walmart near them.

The reader is not right, not even technically. If I talk about "my teacher," do I really need to clarify that the person is not a slave?

user111489 Jun-26-2022

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You can tell Walmart near my house for example

Chols1970 Dec-09-2021

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What you mean is "my nearest Walmart", "my favorite Walmart" or similar.

Jonathan001 Dec-02-2021

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I vote for "my __" as being grammatically correct; it's colloquially common and universally understood through context. (Nobody thinks you are Walmart Corp., for example.) The complainant is a psuedo-grammarian.

Ramart Jul-15-2021

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Technically he is right. but everyone understands what you mean so hes just being too precise.
A correct way would be: The Walmart i usually go to...

Rik853 Jul-15-2021

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