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    Clark is offline Key Member
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    Corporal punishment of children has long been prohibited in schools.

    Is it possible to say:

    Children's corporal punishment has long been prohibited in schools.

    Sounds a bit odd to me, but on the other hand, object relations can also be expressed by the possesive case: e.g. Caesar's murder.

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    It's not the way I would expect to say that since it is not a possessive. The children do not "own" the corporal punishment, but are the objects of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It's not the way I would expect to say that since it is not a possessive. The children do not "own" the corporal punishment, but are the objects of it.
    If it's a question of term, let's say "genitive case". However, Caesar didn't "own" his murder either, but "Caesor's muder" sounds like a grammatical combination, doesn't it?

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