I go to my house, my school, my church, my office – (mis)use of my

I go to my church on Sunday.

Someone keeps arguing it is correct but it feels like my church implies that the speaker owns or runs the church.
I feel that the more appropriate sentence could be

I go to church on Sunday.

But then argument continues,

My church is in this/that area.

However, I feel the more appropriate sentence could be

The church is in this/that area.

Also, office (where the person works but doesn’t own), school(speaker goes to this school but doesn’t own, house(speaker lives here but doesn’t own) are used in the argument.

Is the use of my in the sentences above correct ?

Answer

In your examples, church has different meanings depending on the presence of an article or other determiner.

Let’s deal with the meanings first and turn to the OED for guidance:

I. A building for public worship, or the worship performed there.

as opposed to:

  1. Without article. Public Christian worship taking place in a church; divine service. Freq. in to go to church , after church, at church, etc. Also as a count noun: a ceremony of public worship, a service.

Generally (there are exceptions to this) when you say “I’m going to my church” the use of the possessive pronoun implies a specific church “My church is St Peters on Station Road”.

“I go to church on Sunday” is less specific, it’s usually used to refer to the activity of attending a church.

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Source : Link , Question Author : Ascendant , Answer Author : PerryW

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