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  1. wotcha's Avatar
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    #1

    'company's picnic', or 'company picnic'

    "Rain poured restlessly, dampening the company picnic"

    My grammar book says 'company's picnic' is grammatically incorrect. Why is that?


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    #2

    Re: 'company's picnic', or 'company picnic'

    I think to call it incorrect is overstating it.

    We tend to use nouns, in the singular, to modify other nouns instead of making them possessive.

    Shoe store
    Faculty lounge
    Table leg
    Car door
    Company picnic

    However, there are times when the phrase "company's picnic" would not only be okay, it would be preferable, such as when several people are comparing their experiences at the picnics held by their respective companies.
    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: 'company's picnic', or 'company picnic'

    I'd have said 'Rain poured relentlessly.

    Rover

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