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    use of 's

    Anyone can share with me the use of "'s" on non-living things. Eg the table's legs are too dirty or the legs of the table are too dirty. Which is correct?
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    Re: use of 's

    Quote Originally Posted by Vtan View Post
    Anyone can share with me the use of "'s" on non-living things. Eg the table's legs are too dirty or the legs of the table are too dirty. Which is correct?
    Thanks.
    They are both correct. Generally I prefer not to use the possessive "s" with inanimate objects, I would say "The legs of the table are..."

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    Re: use of 's

    Welcome to the forum, Vtan.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vtan View Post
    Can anyone share with me the use of "'s" for non-living things?
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    Re: use of 's

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    Hello, Vitan:


    1. The table's legs are dirty.

    2. The legs of the table are dirty.

    3. The table legs are dirty.

    NOTES:

    I have checked my books and the Web. I think that the following is accurate:

    a. Some experts would suggest that you NOT use No. 1. Reason: a table is inanimate (non-living).

    b. BUT there is NO rule against using 's with an inanimate noun. Some experts really ( = in fact) say that sometimes

    an 's is preferable to an of sentence.

    c. Most experts seem to approve of No. 2.

    d. Many (most?) Americans, IMHO, might really ( = actually) prefer No. 3. Why say "the legs of the table" when you

    can say "the table legs"? This is a so-called noun adjunct. A noun (such as "table") is used an adjective to modify

    a noun ("legs"). That is why many (most?) people would say "Close the kitchen door" instead of "Close the door of the

    kitchen." I think that "Close the kitchen's door" would rarely be used.

    e. I end my post with this fascinating information that I found in a scholarly Web article about the famous American

    author Ernest Hemingway.

    He wrote these words in one of his novels: "The ground the table legs rested on."

    The article says that "the ground" = "below."

    "It is used by the legs of the table to rest on."

    -- How the Noun Phrases Reflect Hemingway's Style (Google).


    Sincerely yours,


    James

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    Re: use of 's

    I would use "the table legs" most frequently, then "the legs of the table" but I don't think I would ever say "the table's legs".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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