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    Contraction and Possessives

    I would like to explain about the difference in these two sentences:
    1. Tom's going to the theater.
    2. Tom's theater is new.

    1. Tom is going to a theater.
    2. Tom owns a new theater.


    Can you think of some other good ways to teach this point?

    Thank you for your time.

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    Re: Contraction and Possessives

    *Not a teacher

    You could say it like this:

    1. Tom's going to the theater. - 's is followed by a verb => contraction
    2. Tom's theatre is new. - 's is followed by a noun => possessive

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    Re: Contraction and Possessives

    Sounds good to me SirGod. Thanks for your input.

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    Re: Contraction and Possessives

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    1. Tom's going to the theater. - 's is followed by a verb => contraction
    2. Tom's theatre is new. - 's is followed by a noun => possessive
    A little misleading - Tom's a teacher. Here the 's is a contraction, but it's followed by a noun.

    youand corey's paraphrases bring out the difference more clearly.

    Don't forget: Tom's been to the theater. Here the 's is contracted has.

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    Re: Contraction and Possessives

    Thank you, curates-egg! I get your point. I was just giving an explanation for youandcorey's examples.

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    Re: Contraction and Possessives

    Quote Originally Posted by youandcorey View Post
    I would like to explain about the difference in these two sentences:
    1. Tom's going to the theater.
    2. Tom's theater is new.

    1. Tom is going to a theater.
    2. Tom owns a new theater.


    Can you think of some other good ways to teach this point?

    Thank you for your time.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Perhaps you could write 10 examples on the chalk- or whiteboard and

    ask the students to discuss the correct answers:

    Mona's father is a diplomat.
    Mona's studied Japanese for three years.
    Mona's eating now.

    Tony's been rude all his life.
    Tony's girlfriend has blonde hair.
    Tony's doing his homework.

    (2) Such a lesson would be a good way to start a class. The students

    could compare their answers. Then you could lead a discussion to

    clear up any confusion.

    (3) To make things really fun, you might see whether some top students

    can explain these:

    What's the "E" stand for? (What does ...?)

    Why's he here? (Why is ...?)

    She's a boyfriend??? I can't believe it!!! (She has ...?)


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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    Re: Contraction and Possessives

    I hate to throw a wrench in the monkey works, but "Tom's going to the theater" can also be a noun phrase, with "Tom's" being uses with the possessive sense before teh gerund "going."

    Tom's going to the theater was a suprise, since he hates crowds so much.
    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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