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    What word to use under such circumstances?

    It's a translation between Mandarin and English. I would like to know what would be your answers which meanwhile do not sound weird to you.
    Situation:
    1. I want to describe something owned by someone I don't know.
    Example: It seems "others'" lives are always smoother than our own.
    Why cannot you be as sweet as "others' " girlfriends?

    Is " others' " normal to you? Or other suggestions?

    2. I want to describe something owned by a family which I don't know.
    I saw a snake crawling on "other's/ other family's" fence when I was jogging this morning. (Obviously "other's/ other family's" is grammatically wrong here, but I don't know what word to use.)

    Hope somebody can answer me in simple words. Thanks a million.

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    Re: What word to use under such circumstances?

    Quote Originally Posted by terrenziqq View Post
    It's a translation between from Mandarin and to English. I would like to know what your answers would be your answers which meanwhile do not sound weird to you.
    Situation:
    1. I want to describe something owned by someone I don't know.
    Example: It seems "others'" lives are always smoother than our own.
    Why cannot can't you be as sweet as "others' " girlfriends?

    Is "others'" normal natural to you? No.

    Or other suggestions? Use "other people's".
    It seems other people's lives are always smoother than our own.
    Why can't you be as sweet as other people's girlfriends?




    2. I want to describe something owned by a family which I don't know.
    I saw a snake crawling on "other's/ other family's" fence when I was jogging this morning. (Obviously "other's/ other family's" is grammatically wrong here, but I don't know what word to use.)

    I saw a snake crawling on another family's fence when I was jogging this morning.

    I hope somebody can answer me in simple words. Thanks a million.
    I have made some corrections to your post, and also added my answers above. They are all in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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