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    Default common case or possessive case?

    Our university library is ...
    Our university's library is...

    Which is correct?

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    Default Re: common case or possessive case?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Our university library is ...
    Our university's library is...

    Which is correct?
    Both are correct.
    In the first one, "university" is an adjective modifying "library".
    In the second one, "university's" is a possessive noun.

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    Default Re: common case or possessive case?

    One more question of a similar nature:

    It can be found on any tourist / tourist's flyer about England.

    Are both of them correct?

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    Default Re: common case or possessive case?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    Both are correct.
    In the first one, "university" is an adjective modifying "library".
    In the second one, "university's" is a possessive noun.
    Yes ,both are correct.Thank you very much.
    But No dictionary says "university" is an adjective .

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    Default Re: common case or possessive case?

    Quote Originally Posted by renzheng04 View Post
    Yes ,both are correct.Thank you very much.
    But No dictionary says "university" is an adjective .
    If you take the word on its own (as the dictionary does), it's a noun, but its function in your sentence is adjectival. When I was at school this was known as a 'noun in apposition', but the preference in modern ELT is just to say that it functions as an adjective.

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    Default Re: common case or possessive case?

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    but the preference in modern ELT is just to say that it functions as an adjective.
    I wonder why.

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    Default Re: common case or possessive case?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    One more question of a similar nature:

    It can be found on any tourist / tourist's flyer about England.

    Are both of them correct?
    No, here I would only say "tourist flyer". The possessive is not really appropriate; they are flyers for tourists.
    (even though you can say that once a tourist has a flyer, it is theirs...but that is not the intended meaning, and some of the flyers will not be in the hands of tourists)

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    Default Re: common case or possessive case?

    Hello,
    Sorry for taking your time .

    In my text book they use "tour guide" and "tourist guide" for one person with the same work . Are there any differences between these two terms and which do the native people usually say ?

    Thanks,

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    Default Re: common case or possessive case?

    Quote Originally Posted by renzheng04 View Post
    Hello,
    Sorry for taking your time .

    In my text book they use "tour guide" and "tourist guide" for one person with the same work . Are there any differences between these two terms and which do the native people usually say ?

    Thanks,
    A "tour guide" is a "tourist guide". They guide the tourists on the tour. It's just a question of viewpoint. They would equally be unemployed if there were no tourists for their tours, or no tours for their tourists!
    "Tour guide" is simpler and easier to say, so perhaps it's more common. There's nothing in it.

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