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    #1

    someone's name

    Dear teacher,

    I ran into the following sentences at another forum.

    1 There is no Mike's bike in my house.
    2 Mike's bike is not in my house.

    One native speaker said that sentence 1 is grammatcially incorrect, because someone's name can't be used as an adjective like that. But I am confused about why when someone's name is used as an adjective in the sentence 2, it is correct. Looking forward to your help, and thanks in advance.


    LQZ


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    #2

    Re: someone's name

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    1 There is no Mike's bike in my house.
    When I hear 'there is no,' I expect an indefinite noun to follow. In Mike's bike, Mike's defines, determines (determiner) the reference of the noun it modifies.

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    Re: someone's name

    Thank you. You are right, and I've found the grammar rule.

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