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    Question What's wrong?

    Hi

    I need your help. Can you spot me the mistake in this sentence:

    The hats of the gentlemen are black.

    Thx for your help.

    FrancisM7

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    Default Re: What's wrong?

    It's not so much a mistake, more a question of style and idiom. English doesn't normally use the "of" construction when something belongs to a person or, often, an animal; we prefer to use the possessive form using the apostrophe. Your sentence sounds much better like this:

    The gentlemen's hats are black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rewboss
    It's not so much a mistake, more a question of style and idiom. English doesn't normally use the "of" construction when something belongs to a person or, often, an animal; we prefer to use the possessive form using the apostrophe. Your sentence sounds much better like this:

    The gentlemen's hats are black.
    Hi rewboss,

    thx a lot for your quick reply.....now it's clear for me too


    FrancisM7

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