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    Dear teachers:

    Could you please tell me how you would rephrase this sentence, using the possessive case (where possible)?
    "One knowledge of the world is perhaps sufficient to catch the main message".
    I saw the sentence in my son's English book and I got a bit confused!
    Could you help me so I can help him?

    Kind regards
    Seagull

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    Default Re: Possessive case

    Quote Originally Posted by Seagull View Post
    Dear teachers:

    Could you please tell me how you would rephrase this sentence, using the possessive case (where possible)?
    "One knowledge of the world is perhaps sufficient to catch the main message".
    I saw the sentence in my son's English book and I got a bit confused!
    Could you help me so I can help him?

    Kind regards
    Seagull
    I think that it"s missing an apostrophe and an 's'.
    Maybe it should be read; One's knowledge of ...
    Last edited by Tdol; 19-Jan-2007 at 05:23. Reason: Changes the quotes to an apostrophe

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    Default Re: Possessive case

    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    I think that it"s missing an apostrophe and an 's'.
    Maybe it should be read; One's knowledge of ...

    Riverkid:
    Hi!Thanks for the answer. I thought that if you had to replace an "of the" expression,using the possessive case the sentence would become:
    " One world's knowledge is perhaps sufficient to catch the main message". In this case, the meaning is slightly different from: "One's knowledge of the world is perhaps sufficient to catch the main message", isn't it? I think in the first sentence one world's knowledge, means "one knowledge of the world", and in the second sentence "one's world knowledge" means " the world knowledge of (some)one". Could you please answer back? I just hope I'm not being too boring or demanding with my doubts!!

    Kind regards
    Seagull

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