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    the possessive word "of" many times in a sentence

    Can I use the possessive word "of" many times in a sentence as follow:
    "I bought a lot ot cakes of stores of that hall"
    Is it natural to use like that or how can I rewrite?
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    Re: the possessive word "of" many times in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by trueheart_205 View Post
    Can I use the possessive word "of" many times in a sentence as follow:
    "I bought a lot ot cakes of stores of that hall"
    Is it natural to use like that or how can I rewrite?
    Thanks!
    No, it's not natural. "I bought a lot of cakes from stores in that hall."

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    Re: the possessive word "of" many times in a sentence

    It is possible to use 'of' several times:

    News of the assassination of the President of the People's Republic of Gardenia has caused concern in neigbouring states.

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    Re: the possessive word "of" many times in a sentence

    And 'hall' is possible but unusual, rather than 'place/shopping centre/mall...'. Some posh shops - and shops with pretensions to poshness - have a place called a 'food hall' - but a 'food hall' doesn't contain 'stores'. Perhaps the OP is being misled by the French halles - which means something like 'covered market'; and that, too, doesn't contain 'stores'. A covered market is made up of 'stalls'.

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    Re: the possessive word "of" many times in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    And 'hall' is possible but unusual, rather than 'place/shopping centre/mall...'. Some posh shops - and shops with pretensions to poshness - have a place called a 'food hall' - but a 'food hall' doesn't contain 'stores'. Perhaps the OP is being misled by the French halles - which means something like 'covered market'; and that, too, doesn't contain 'stores'. A covered market is made up of 'stalls'.

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    "Les Halles" in Avignon contains small shops.

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    Re: the possessive word "of" many times in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "Les Halles" in Avignon contains small shops.
    Although the "halles" in Versailles, my wife's home town, has stalls and no shops.

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    But whether they're stalls or shops they're not stores!

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    Re: the possessive word "of" many times in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But whether they're stalls or shops they're not stores!

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    A shop in the UK is a store in the US, isn't it?

    BrE = I'm going to the bookshop.
    AmE = I'm going to the bookstore.

    To me, a shopping centre in the UK is a covered area full of different shops, and a shopping mall in the USA is a covered area full of different stores.

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    Re: the possessive word "of" many times in a sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    A shop in the UK is a store in the US, isn't it?

    BrE = I'm going to the bookshop.
    AmE = I'm going to the bookstore.

    To me, a shopping centre in the UK is a covered area full of different shops, and a shopping mall in the USA is a covered area full of different stores.
    I think that's the way it works - though I wouldn't be surprised if some US retail places were called 'shops' - for the snob value - rather like Br Eng and 'boutique'. But I really don't know.

    (And don't get me started on French magasins, which don't sell magazines, unless... )

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