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    1. Is it possible to use the genitive with an inanimate object like in (the car's owner) or one shall better say (the owner of the car).

    2. which is best:
    * i only had three hours' sleep or (three our sleep)
    * a fortnight's holiday or a fortnight holiday

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    #2

    Re: ?

    Quote Originally Posted by aous02 View Post
    1. Is it possible to use the genitive with an inanimate object like in (the car's owner) or one shall better say (the owner of the car). The car's owner is fine. The owner of the car is also correct. Neither phrase is better than the other. The choice of which to use is up to the speaker. Often the '____'s _____' (the book's cover; the car's engine; the shoe's sole; etc.) is chosen because it is less cumbersome than 'the ____ of the ____,' but not always.

    2. which is best:
    * I only had three hours' sleep. Or: I only had three hours of sleep;

    (a three hour sleep)You could say this, but I am not used to hearing it phrased this way. More common would be: I had a two hour nap.

    * a fortnight's holiday or a fortnight holiday (This could be used, too. The first is more common (where I live).
    Best wishes,

    Petra

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    Re: ?

    Thanks Petra,
    The best of wishes.

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