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    Smile Confused...

    Hi, there.
    I have difficulty in doing some grammar exercises.
    1) I have got three weeks' holiday. or
    I have got a three weeks' holiday.
    2) a friend of my father or a friend of my father's
    3) I want to be useful for our country. or
    I want to be useful to our country.
    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Confused...

    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    Hi, there.
    I have difficulty in doing some grammar exercises.
    1) I have got three weeks' holiday. Fine or
    I have got a three weeks' holiday. I'd drop the s' here and hyphenate 'three-week'. Then it's fine.
    2) a friend of my father or a friend of my father's. The latter. Also: 'a friend of mine', not a friend of me.
    3) I want to be useful for our country. or
    I want to be useful to our country. I'd go for the second. The first sounds unnatural to me.
    Thanks a lot.
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    Re: Confused...

    Quote Originally Posted by lovecindy View Post
    Hi, there.
    I have difficulty in doing some grammar exercises.
    1) I have got three weeks' holiday. or
    I have got a three weeks' holiday.
    2) a friend of my father or a friend of my father's
    3) I want to be useful for our country. or
    I want to be useful to our country.
    Thanks a lot.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Cindy,

    You probably know this, but if you do not, I thought that you

    would like this quotation from our president John F. Kennedy:

    Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what

    you can do for your country.


    ***** NOT a teacher *****

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