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    possessives

    Which of these are correct:

    1-The man in the car's ears were big. (The ears of the man in the car...)

    2-A man of distinction's influence cannot be neglected. (The influence of a man of distinction...)

    3-A week or so's rain will do us a lot of good. (Rain for a week or so will ...)

    4-The man standing at the corner's hat looks strange. (The hat of the man standing at the corner...)

    5-The woman I know's car is parked outside. (The car of the woman I know...)

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    Re: possessives

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which of these are correct:

    1-The man in the car's ears were big. (The ears of the man in the car...)

    2-A man of distinction's influence cannot be neglected. (The influence of a man of distinction...)

    3-A week or so's rain will do us a lot of good. (Rain for a week or so will ...)

    4-The man standing at the corner's hat looks strange. (The hat of the man standing at the corner...)

    5-The woman I know's car is parked outside. (The car of the woman I know...)

    Gratefully,
    Navi
    2 and 3 are fine. 1 and 5 are comprehensible but not natural. 4 doesn't work - it sounds like you are saying the "corner's hat".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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