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    "performance of", preposition "of"

    I'm writing a composition in which I talk about the different sale teams a company has through the country, and how these teams perform.
    There is this sentence which I believe is wrong (it sounds wrong)
    but I woul like to know why, which grammar rule is not complying with, so to speak:

    "To sum up, sales teams in most states like NY, California and Colorado performed better than expected during 2009, but we have to study thoroughly the performance of North Carolina."

    I know there that can be rephrased and look better, but my doubt is about the use of "of". As you can see, I'm still not sure wether I can use the possessive 's, or the preposition "of", and how to use the latter.

    thanks a lot for your insight.

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    Re: "performance of", preposition "of"

    The sentence you aak about is gramatically correct, but awkward.

    I would rephrase the last clause

    "but we have to study thoroughly the performance of North Carolina."

    as either:

    "but we have to study the performance of North Carolina thoroughly."


    "but we have to study North Carolina's performance thoroughly."

    which of the two you use is a matter of choice, but I would consider the first to be slightly more formal

    Also note that you should use "such as" rather than "like" in the first clause.

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