a contraction of his/her choosing
Then, I direct students to crumble up their papers and throw them in the trash can on their way out of class in the hopes they will eliminate these vocabulary choices from their formal writing with the exception of using kid to refer to a "baby goat" and old to refer to "dilapidated" or "geriatric," but not "former."
Thus, in my imagined utopia of specific, descriptive writing, a student would use . . .
I handed her the utensil.
I got her the utensil.
He is striking when he wears his black jacket.
He is very striking when he wears his black jacket.
I need to call Erma, gather my research articles, and pick up Sam before tonight.
There are many things I need to do before tonight.
We enjoy swimming laps together.
We enjoy having fun together.
I ran into my former roommate at the mall.
I ran into my old roommate at the mall.
My friend's younger sister is competing this weekend.
My friend's kid sister is competing this weekend.
We read a suspenseful short story from an eco-horror anthology.
We read a good story.
I cannot make it to the meeting on time.
I can't make it to the meeting on time.