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    Hi teachers!

    When you mean "a book written by J. K. Rowling" how is it possible to say in other words? Here are possible alternatives I managed to come up with.

    1. "a J. K. Rowling book"
    2. "a J. K. Rowling's book"
    3. "a book by J. K. Rowling"
    4. "a book of J. K. Rowling"
    5." a book of J. K. Rowling's"

    What is confusing to me is how to make clear the difference between "written by J. K. Rowling" and "owned by J. K. Rowling"

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    Default Re: a book written by...

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Hi teachers!

    When you mean "a book written by J. K. Rowling" how is it possible to say in other words? Here are possible alternatives I managed to come up with.

    1. "a J. K. Rowling book"
    2. "a J. K. Rowling's book"
    3. "a book by J. K. Rowling"
    4. "a book of J. K. Rowling"
    5." a book of J. K. Rowling's"

    What is confusing to me is how to make clear the difference between "written by J. K. Rowling" and "owned by J. K. Rowling"

    Thank you

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    There isn't an easy way; this is the source of several old jokes. The only clear way to distinguish them is to use a verb: 'a book written by JKR or 'a book that JKR's writing'; or you can use the adjective 'latest' (which implies a sequence of verbs - 'She wrote A, then she wrote B and C. Her latest book is D.'

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    Last edited by BobK; 16-Dec-2008 at 18:32. Reason: Fix typo

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