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    Possessive Case

    Hi,

    Is it okay to say "I was the apple of my teachers' eyes."

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    Mr. Nutty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Nutty View Post
    Hi,

    Is it okay to say "I was the apple of my teachers' eyes."

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    Mr. Nutty
    I personally don't think it is all right to say that somebody is the apple of my teachers' eyes. The expression is too much affectionate in its meaning.


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    Re: Possessive Case

    Thank you for your response, E. I just wanted to know if it's fine grammatically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Nutty View Post
    Thank you for your response, E. I just wanted to know if it's fine grammatically.
    Oh, in terms of grammar, it's perfectly all right to me:

    I was the apple of my parents' eyes.



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    Re: Possessive Case

    Always remembering that the idiom is "the apple of [] eye", and the plural eyes is only correct if there is more than one person involved.

    I was the apple of my teacher's eye
    I was the apple of my teachers' eyes

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