- For Teachers
I was reading a text which said:
"The first known printing was in the Drake University paper"
and I've noticed that the 's is missing.
I'd like to know if it's just a typo or if it's possible (or madatory) not to write the possessive 's in some cases.
So it is in "attributive position".
How can I know when a word can "act" like an adjective in sentences like this?
Almost all nouns can act like adjectives in these cases, and usually they will be in the singular.
The car tire
The telephone cord
The kitchen window
The bathroom mirror
The dog house
The family car
I'm not sure if this rule will work, but we can try to find examples where it does not: If you can ask "which?" or "what?" you can probably use the noun-as-adjective. "Which mirror? The bathroom mirror." If you need to ask "whose?" then use the possessive.
Thank you both.
I do hope that there is some kind of real, well-known roule, for the one you, Barb_D, suggested might be a little tricky.