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    Possessives, of, ....

    Hello!
    How can I know when to use the possessive form, "of" or neither.
    For example, should I say:
    1. members' distribution
    or
    2. distribution of members
    or
    3. member distribution

    and I have noticed that we can't use the plural form in (3), am I right?

    I'm very confused with this part of grammar. Please help.

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    Re: Possessives, of, ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Hepatica View Post
    Hello!
    How can I know when to use the possessive form, "of" or neither.
    For example, should I say:
    1. members' distribution
    or
    2. distribution of members
    or
    3. member distribution

    and I have noticed that we can't use the plural form in (3), am I right?

    I'm very confused with this part of grammar. Please help.
    Would you please give specific example sentences?


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    Re: Possessives, of, ....

    Quote Originally Posted by Hepatica View Post
    Hello!
    How can I know when to use the possessive form, "of" or neither.
    For example, should I say:
    1. members' distribution
    or
    2. distribution of members
    or
    3. member distribution

    and I have noticed that we can't use the plural form in (3), am I right?

    I'm very confused with this part of grammar. Please help.
    Context for the phrases would help. All the following are correct and acceptable.

    The members' distribution is widespread.
    The distribution of members is widespread.
    Member distribution is widespread.

    And yes, you are correct - #3 cannot take a plural.

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