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  1. Newbie
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    Use of "of"

    Hi, i don´t know when i should use of and the possessive case, for example:

    1-> Maranhão is an state of Brazil;
    2-> That´s the Mary´s car.

    I ´d like to learn the difference among them.

    Thank´s in advance.

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    Re: Use of "of"

    Quote Originally Posted by jarsf View Post
    Hi, i don´t know when i should use of and the possessive case, for example:

    1-> Maranhão is an state of Brazil;
    2-> That´s the Mary´s car.

    I ´d like to learn the difference among them.

    Thank´s in advance.
    1-> Maranhão is a state in Brazil.
    2-> That is Mary´s car.

    Could you explain the question again?

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    Re: Use of "of"

    I guess our friend jarsf wants to know when to use

    My parent's car.
    The car of my parents.


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    Re: Use of "of"

    I don´t know when i have to use the prepositon of and the possessive case. Sometimes i have difficult to use them because i don´t know the difference between them.

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    Re: Use of "of"

    That´s it Marcio! Are from Brazil?

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    Re: Use of "of"

    Quote Originally Posted by jarsf View Post
    That´s it Marcio! Are you from Brazil?
    Yes, I am.

    Natal. Northeast Brazil.

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    Re: Use of "of"

    Please, somebody could help me with this doubt? My doubt isn´t clear?

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    Re: Use of "of"

    A simple rule -- probably too simple, but one that will work for many situations -- is to use the possessive 's for actual, specific people: Mary's car. My parents' house. The president's dog.

    You can use the possessive 's for places as well: Florida's largest city, Brazil's well-known landmark, Russia's prime minister.


    For non-animate things, you can use the possessive sometimes (the church's front entrance) but you can alway (make that "almost always" because am afraid to say "always" -- someone always finds an exception) use the "of" version. The front entrance to the church. So for inanimate things, until it feels more natural to you, try to stick to this rule, knowing that it is overly simple with many exceptions.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Use of "of"

    Barb_d, first of all,thanks a lot for your explanation. But In the example "The front entrance to the church", wouldn´t be "The front entrance of the church" ?

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    Re: Use of "of"

    Oops! My mistake.

    Actually, you COULD say "to" but I did mean to write "of."

    I'm so sorry -- that was probably very confusing for you.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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