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    For showing possession, we use apostrophe with the name of persons, personifications and the units of time, space and weight.For showing possession,with what other nouns do we use apostrophe?

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    Re: apostrophe

    To my knowledge, all nouns take an apostrophe when forming the possessive.

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    Re: apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by lauralie2 View Post
    To my knowledge, all nouns take an apostrophe when forming the possessive.
    What do you mean by 'all nouns'? Should we say "The book's(noun) first chapter" or "The first chapter of the book" ???

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    Re: apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by tipu s View Post
    What do you mean by 'all nouns'? Should we say "The book's(noun) first chapter" or "The first chapter of the book" ???
    I'd be much more likely to say "The fist chapter of the book", however, "The book's first chapter" is possible. It is disputed whether possessive apostrophes where an inanimate object is the "possessor" should be used or not. In fact the use of apostrophes in general is, to some extent, controversial.

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    Re: apostrophe

    I've spoken English for 42 years and am not aware of any dispute on this matter.

    The book's first chapter really grabs your interest.

    The car's left front tire blew out.

    She really liked the shirt's color.

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    Re: apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I've spoken English for 42 years and am not aware of any dispute on this matter.

    The book's first chapter really grabs your interest.

    The car's left front tire blew out.

    She really liked the shirt's color.
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    Re: apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I've spoken English for 42 years and am not aware of any dispute on this matter.
    You've lived a sheltered life . When I was at school, all your examples would have been considered incorrect.

    Bhaisahab was quite right to say that 'the book's first chapter' is possible. He rightly added that there was some dispute about this. It is quite likely that some teachers and, more importantly, some examination boards would not accept 'the books first chapter'. Learners need to know this.

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    Re: apostrophe

    Maybe it's a British thing. Doesn't explain "A Hard Day's Night," though.

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    Re: apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I don't see caving in to those who can't tell an "it's" from an "its" as progress.

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    Re: apostrophe

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I don't see caving in to those who can't tell an "it's" from an "its" as progress.
    I didn't say it was progress, although it's not as simple as a question of telling the difference between "it's" and "its".

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