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    1. The wraith's gun is so weak.
    (i.e., The ghost's gun. OK; Possessor: It tells us whose gun.)

    2. The wraith gun is so weak.
    (i.e., The ghost gun. OK; Adjective: It tells us what kind of gun.)

    3. Jack's gun is so weak.
    (OK; Possessor: It tells us whose gun. Please note, 'weak' is the wrong adjective. That is, guns are not described as 'weak'.

    4. Jack gun is so weak. (For people, you have to use 'apostrophe s' right?)
    (Not OK. As you've said, "you have to use 'aspostrophe -s') :D If, on the other hand, "Jack/jack" refers to a type of gun, then it would function as an adjective, but you'd need to add a determiner/article, like this,

    EX: A Jack/jack gun...
    EX: The Jack/jack gun...


    5. I have a Sony TV.
    (OK; Adjective)

    6. I have Jack's TV.
    (OK; Possessor)

    7. I have Sony's TV.
    (OK: Possessor. Note that, Sony, a brand name, is also the name of a company (i.e., The TV belongs to Sony Corporation/to Jack/to Mary).


    8. Jack's Catch-phase: Practice makes perfect.
    (OK; Jack's words. That is, the words 'Practice makes perfect' form a catch-phrase; that catch-phrase belongs to Jack.)

    9. Viewsonic (Viewsonic is a monitor brand) Catch-phase: See the difference.
    If Viewsonic is the name of a company, then "Viewsonic's catch-phrase" would be correct; If viewsonic is type of brand, the as an adjective it describes what kind of catch-phrase: it's a viewsonic catch-phrase.

    10. Jack catch-phase: Practice makes perfect. (Is this incorrect? b/c for people you have to use 'Jack's'?)
    Jack's catch-phrase. (OK)
    Jack catch-phrase. (Not OK if you want it to mean, possessor, but OK if you want it to mean, an idiotic/worthless catch-phrase). That is, 'jack' has more than one meaning.


    10. Viewsonic's Catch-phase: See the difference.
    (OK; Possessor. "Viewsonic" is a proper noun; it's the name of a brand or company.)

    All the best, :D

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    Thanks.

    I don't understand these. I don't understand what's the difference between these two? Why doesn't Sony use the second one?

    1. Sony's Catch-phase: See the difference.
    2. Sony's Catch-phase: See the differences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Thanks.

    I don't understand these. I don't understand what's the difference between these two? Why doesn't Sony use the second one?

    1. Sony's Catch-phase: See the difference.
    2. Sony's Catch-phase: See the differences.
    Only Sony knows. :wink:

    Note that, Sony's product, specifically its picture format is different (adjective) from its competitors' product. You can See the Difference (noun).

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    What does the apostrophe -s mean?

    1. Honda's and Toyota's make good cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    What does the apostrophe -s mean?

    1. Honda's and Toyota's make good cars.
    When a writer is not 100% sure if s/he should add -es or -s to pluralize a word that ends in a vowel, s/he will often add aphostrophe -s, like this,

    tomatoes or tomatos => tomato's

    The apostrophe represents an omitted vowel, like this,

    is not => isn't ( the symbol ' represents the vowel o)

    1. Honda's and Toyoda's make/are good cars.

    The person who wrote sentence 1. is using aphostrophe -s to express plural number:

    2. Hondas and Toyodas are good cars.

    All the best, :D

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    Thanks, this is very useful:

    Code:
    The apostrophe represents an omitted vowel, like this, 
    
    is not => isn't ( the symbol ' represents the vowel o)

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    You're welcome. :D

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    Are these correct? If not, why? What do these mean?

    1. Touching or grabbing people's body is nto allowed in this game.
    2. Touching or grabbing any part of another people's body is not allowed in this game.
    3. Touching or grabbing any part of another person's body is not allowed in this game.
    4. Touching or grabbing any part of another persons' body is not allowed in this game.

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    1.Touching or grabbing people's body is not
    allowed in this game. :(
    2. Touching or grabbing any part of another people's body is not allowed in this game. :(
    3. Touching or grabbing any part of another person's body is not allowed in this game. :D
    4. Touching or grabbing any part of another persons' body is not allowed in this game.[/quote] :(

    Why do you think 3. is OK and the rest Not OK?

    All the best, :D

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    3 actually.

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