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    block of flats’ communal garden

    I am reading W. Trevor. short-story.
    'Yes, that key had been Margy’s, Francesca said. Left for her under a stone at the foot of a hydrangea bush in Pimlico, in a block of flats’ communal garden: she didn’t add that'

    Please could someone help me out in meaning of the underlined words. Thanks.

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    Re: block of flats’ communal garden

    Which word is giving you trouble?

    Apparently, there is an open area in the middle of a group of apartment buildings.

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    Re: block of flats’ communal garden

    Quote Originally Posted by Quang Hai View Post
    I am reading W. Trevor. short-story.
    'Yes, that key had been Margy’s, Francesca said. Left for her under a stone at the foot of a hydrangea bush in Pimlico, in a block of flats’ communal garden: she didn’t add that'

    Please could someone help me out in meaning of the underlined words. Thanks.
    A garden shared by the residents of a block of flats (apartment block).

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    Re: block of flats’ communal garden

    Quang Hai's difficulty may be with the placing of the apostrophe. Such phrases as those I have written below are correct in English, but may seem strange to learners. It's the word I have put in bold, not the one with the 's, that is the 'possessor':

    The King of Spain's daughter ....
    The President of America's wife ...
    The block of flat's garden ...

    There can sometimes be ambiguity:The sister of my neighbour's husband is sloppy. It could mean The sister of [my neighbour's husband] or [The sister of my neighbour]'s husband

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