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    Occhinuovi is offline Newbie
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    City, country and the genitive

    Using genitive is possible with:
    -people
    -time expressions
    -geographic expressions
    -distance expressions

    can words such as "the city" or "the country" be cosidered as geographic expressions?

    So,do I have I to say:

    The city's crime rate OR the crime rate of the city?
    The country's clean air OR the clean air of the country?

    and what about consider these words as adjectives?
    "the city crime rate AND the country clean air"

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    Linguist__ is offline Senior Member
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    Re: City, country and the genitive

    Quote Originally Posted by Occhinuovi View Post
    Using genitive is possible with:
    -people
    -time expressions
    -geographic expressions
    -distance expressions

    can words such as "the city" or "the country" be cosidered as geographic expressions?

    So,do I have I to say:

    The city's crime rate OR the crime rate of the city?
    The country's clean air OR the clean air of the country?

    and what about consider these words as adjectives?
    "the city crime rate AND the country clean air"
    (Not a teacher)

    Yes, you can use the genitive apostrophe with both 'city' and 'country'.

    As for the adjectives, 'city' can't be used as an adjective. Perhaps 'city-like', but it doesn't fit with 'crime rate', really. 'Country' can't be an adjective in the sense of 'a country' - USA, Iran, Russia, Japan etc. 'Country' as an adjective refers to 'rural'. This would fit with 'clean air', but remember it's referring to rural land, not a country.

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    Occhinuovi is offline Newbie
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    Re: City, country and the genitive

    so fast!
    thank you.

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