(1a) I bought the computer on sale for $300. The original price was $700.

(1b) I bought the computer on sale for $300. Its original price was $700.

Which one sounds more natural to native speakers: "the" or "its"?

Thank you very much for your time. I really appreciate your help.

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Hi, Ansonman,

Both are correct. My impression is that the possessive is perhaps a little excessive. Having mentioned the computer in the preceding sentence, by saying "the original price" it is quite clear that reference is being made to the price of the computer.

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