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    Default A question ????????

    I WANT TO ASK YOU
    WHEN WE CAN DELETE POSSESSIVE ('S) ?
    AND I WANT TO ASK IF WE CAN SAY ( THE KITCHEN WINDOW )
    INSTEAD OF (THE kitchen's window)

    and thanks a lot

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    Default Re: A question ????????

    I'm not a teacher.

    May I suggest you refrain from using blocks letters as it is akin to shouting in internet language.

    Please say 'I would like to ask' rather than 'I want to ask' which is considered rude.

    Yes, you can say 'the kitchen window' or 'the window of the kitchen', but not the kitchen's window(object's object) or the bathroom's door.

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    Default Re: A question ????????

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    I'm not a teacher.

    May I suggest you refrain from using blocks letters as it is akin to shouting in internet language.

    Please say 'I would like to ask' rather than 'I want to ask' which is considered rude.

    Yes, you can say 'the kitchen window' or 'the window of the kitchen', but not the kitchen's window(object's object) or the bathroom's door.
    Hi, tedtmc.
    I don't think 'I want to ask' is rude, but 'I'd like to ask' sounds polite. Capital letters on the internet are indeed considered the equivalent of raising your voice. But... I think the poster(dectator) just wanted to put some emphasis on his/her question.

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    Default Re: A question ????????

    tedtmc is right. Objects don't have possesions but only humans so never say "today's lecture, sun's rays, PSP's box, etc.". Use "object of the object".

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    Default Re: A question ????????

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Capital letters on the internet are indeed considered the equivalent of raising your voice. But... I think the poster(dectator) just wanted to put some emphasis on his/her question.
    In my humble opinion, writing whole posts in capital letter looks like shouting and should be avoided at all costs. There are many ways to emphasize, to highlight and to remark questions in a more eye catching and kind way.

    No pun intended, mates.
    Last edited by Kraken; 30-May-2008 at 19:27. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: A question ????????

    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    In my humble opinion, writing whole posts in capital letter looks like shouting and should be avoidad at all costs. There are many ways to emphasize, to highlight and to remark questions in a more eye catching and kind way.

    No pun intended, mates.
    I see. I wouldn't take it as shouting or rude, but I understand what you mean. There might be some rules on the Internet that we have to bear in mind. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paochai01 View Post
    tedtmc is right. Objects don't have possesions but only humans so never say "today's lecture, sun's rays, PSP's box, etc.". Use "object of the object".
    True, but time expressions, organizations and periods of time use 's. Nothing wrong in:
    "today's newspaper", "Monday's...." etc.

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    Default Re: A question ????????

    Sometimes, when I'm given a form to fill in, it reads "please use capital letters". But that's only because, in handwriting, capital letters are easier to read. But since we are actually typing, every single character is 100% legible.
    As I said before, I am sure they are not trying to be unpolite, fair enough. But I find it nice to let them know, so in the future they can get along with all of the readers.

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    Default Re: A question ????????

    Quote Originally Posted by dectator View Post
    I WANT TO ASK YOU
    WHEN WE CAN DELETE POSSESSIVE ('S) ?
    AND I WANT TO ASK IF WE CAN SAY ( THE KITCHEN WINDOW )
    INSTEAD OF (THE kitchen's window)

    and thanks a lot

    We would generally say the kitchen window, unless there was a reason to specify the particular window.

    I have to report that the kitchen's window was rotten, but the bedrooms' windows were sound.

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    Default Re: A question ????????

    Quote Originally Posted by dectator View Post
    I WANT TO ASK YOU
    WHEN WE CAN DELETE POSSESSIVE ('S) ?
    AND I WANT TO ASK IF WE CAN SAY ( THE KITCHEN WINDOW )
    INSTEAD OF (THE kitchen's window)

    and thanks a lot

    There are no explicit rules on which occasion we use possesive nouns, in this case i'd use the former "kitchen window" or maybe "the window of the kitchen"

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