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    Hello,

    Could someone give me a link or reference to rules, if there are any, of the usage of possessive forms and compound nouns to express the link between two nouns.
    What are the differences ?
    How do we decide which one is to be used ?

    (I hope someone will get what I mean)

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    Default Re: possesive form vs compound nouns

    Generally, the more common the pairing, the more likely they are to form a compound noun- I'm afraid it's not an exact science.

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    Default Re: possesive form vs compound nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,

    Could someone give me a link or reference to rules, if there are any, of the usage of possessive forms and compound nouns to express the link between two nouns.
    What are the differences ?
    How do we decide which one is to be used ?

    (I hope someone will get what I mean)

    Cheers,
    Could you explain more? Some examples of possessive compound nouns are:

    the birdhouse's residents
    summertime's end
    the workhorse's job
    the roadrunner's speed

    The rules are the same as for any other possessive.

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    Default Re: possesive form vs compound nouns

    Hello,

    Often I face a problem which form to use, let me take the simplest example with a simple solution :
    “table's leg” or “a leg of a table” or “table leg”
    where of course the “table leg” is the right answer.

    But recently I was wandering whether to say :
    “Alaska's glacier” or “glacier of Alaska” or simply “Alaska glacier”

    I'll make notes when I have problem with it and try to find out as it seems that there aren't any rules.
    In the few references I've found the “rules” are very foggy; as Tdol said it's not an exact science.

    Cheers,

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