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    Hi.
    Could you please explain the difference of following phrases?

    1) Japan's rule
    2) Japanese rule
    3) the rule of Japan


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    Default Re: The difference of meaning

    1) Ownership: Japan owns the "rule"
    2) Type/Kind: What kind of rule? A Japanese one.
    3) Belongs to: These are the rules of this country

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    Default Re: The difference of meaning

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    1) Ownership: Japan owns the "rule"
    2) Type/Kind: What kind of rule? A Japanese one.
    3) Belongs to: These are the rules of this country
    From your reply strictly follows that "the Japan's rule" and "the rule of Japan" have different meaning. I would never say this, really! Is it a general rule, or maybe it applies for countries only?

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    Default Re: The difference of meaning

    Structure carries meaning. Different structures can share similar meanings; e.g., X's Y and the Y of X, but that doesn't mean they share the exact same meaning.

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    Default Re: The difference of meaning

    But if you say "John's mother" it doesn't mean John owns his mother, does it? So why would "Japan's rule" mean Japan owns the "rule"?

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    Default Re: The difference of meaning

    "mother" represents an animate being; "rule" is inanimate.

    the mother of John <incorrect>
    the rule of Japan <correct>
    Japan's rule <correct>
    John's mother <correct>

    Can you see the pattern?

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