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    Lightbulb please help im confused

    It's first time to write in this respected forum. happy to became a member with respctable members.

    here is my first question

    choose
    we will meet at six in------------- car park

    supermarket or
    supermarket's


    please help which of them and why
    thanks very much for all

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    Re: please help im confused

    Quote Originally Posted by m.fawzi View Post
    It's first time to write in this respected forum. happy to became a member with respctable members.



    here is my first question

    choose
    we will meet at six in------------- car park

    supermarket or
    supermarket's


    please help which of them and why
    thanks very much for all

    WARNING: NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Welcome to usingenglish.com.

    (a) Whenever you have a question, just ask it here.

    (b) Excellent teachers will give you the answer.

    (c) Non-teachers like me are currently allowed to give

    our opinions. But remember: if I say X, and a teacher

    says Y, then Y is the correct answer.

    (2) You are confused about apostrophes. So am I.

    (3) I went to Google and typed "We will meet in the parking lot." If you

    do that, too, you will get some ideas that will help answer your question.

    (4) I am happy to discuss some ideas with you:

    (a) Here in the United States, many people prefer to use an apostrophe

    ONLY when it shows real possession. For example, I think that most

    Americans prefer "the employee parking lot" rather than the "employees'

    parking lot." The employees do not own the parking lot. The parking lot is

    for the employees. Americans also usually prefer the singular. That is,

    employee parking lot rather than employees parking lot.


    (b) I think (think!!!) that many Americans would simply say (or write):

    We will meet at the supermarket parking lot at 6 a.m.

    (i) I noticed in those Google results that both "at" and "in"

    are used. I prefer "at." (That is, the general area.) "In" seems

    to me to emphasize the idea of "inside" too much.

    (c) I also noticed that you can "skip" this problem by rewriting the

    sentence:

    We will meet at/in the parking lot of the supermarket at 6 a.m.

    (5) Hopefully a professional writer will soon answer you -- and me.


    Have a nice day!


    James

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    Re: please help im confused

    For example, I think that most

    Americans prefer "the employee parking lot" rather than the "employees'

    parking lot." The employees do not own the parking lot. The parking lot is

    for the employees. Americans also usually prefer the singular. That is,

    employee parking lot rather than employees parking lot.
    Yes, I would not use the apostrophe, but you do need an article.
    ... in the supermarket parking lot.

    I join Parser in welcoming you to Using English.
    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: please help im confused

    Yes - welcome to the board, m.fawzi.

    Please make your thread titles more meaningful. In this case, a better title would have been Supermarket or supermarket's car park.

    Rover

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    Re: please help im confused

    thanks very much for all ...realy im very happy with your support



    to sir Rover_KE thank you for your notice and ill take care to choose sutable title .


    thank you to all again happy to be a member with you.

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