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    Thank you very much.

    What's the difference in meaning between the sentences below?
    The gravy guns’ position is changed.
    The gravy guns’ positions are changed.

    and this one:
    The gravy gun’s position is changed.
    The gravy guns’ position is changed.

    I have fixed my coworkers', familys', and friends' cars. <--does this mean: more than one friend, coworker, family and more than one car?

    This is someone else’s car. <--correct?
    This is someone elses’ car. <--incorrect? why is it not correct?
    These are Jacks’ cars. <--correct?
    This is Jacks’ car. <--incorrect?


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    Exmaple:
    1. This is the enemy flag. (describing what kind of flag it is)
    2. This is the enemy's flag. (meaning the flag belongs to the enemy.)

    Is it correct to say this then? If not, why?
    3. This is Jack car.
    4. This is Jack's car.

    Are these correct?
    5. This is describing what kind of flag it is.
    6. This is describing what kind of flag is it.

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    1. This is the enemy flag. (describing what kind of flag it is)
    2. This is the enemy's flag. (meaning the flag belongs to the enemy.)
    2) is correct. The flag is not an enemy, but belong to them.

    3. This is Jack car.
    4. This is Jack's car.
    4) => likewise, the car belongs to you.

    5. This is describing what kind of flag it is.
    6. This is describing what kind of flag is it.
    5) is correct.

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    I can't say this?
    1. This is Jack car.

    How come I can say this:
    1. This is the enemy flag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    I can't say this?
    1. This is Jack car.
    1. is incorrect. 'Jack' refers to a person. Try,

    This is his car or This is a blue car. :D

    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    How come I can say this:
    1. This is the enemy flag.
    It's possible, but context is required. :)

    2. This is the enemy flag. ('enemy' as a descriptive adjective)

    Compare,

    3. This is the enemy's flag. ('enemy' as a possessive adjective)

    All the best, :D

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    You can't say the first, but eventually I think you can both "enemy flag" and "enemy's flag".


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    I'm late again ;)

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    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Thanks.
    You're welcome. :D

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    Are these correct? If not, why?

    1. The wraith's gun is so weak.
    2. The wraith gun is so weak.

    3. Jack's gun is so weak.
    4. Jack gun is so weak. (For people, you have to use 'apostrophe s' right?)

    5. I have a Sony TV.
    6. I have Jack's TV.
    7. I have Sony's TV. (is this correct? why?)

    8. Jack's Catch-phase: Practice makes perfect.
    9. Viewsonic (Viewsonic is a monitor brand) Catch-phase: See the difference.
    10. Jack catch-phase: Practice makes perfect. (Is this incorrect? b/c for people you have to use 'Jack's'?)
    10. Viewsonic's Catch-phase: See the difference.

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