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    #1

    Smile 's

    Hi there,

    " 's " has two meaning is it? it could be things belong to someone and is? am i right?

    how to recognize whether the sentences refer to which meaning?


    thank...

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    Re: 's

    's can imply ownership and be a contraction of 'is' but it can also be a contraction of 'has' as well.

    The only way to know is to look at the context of the sentence, I wouldn't worry so much about this as it comes with time. Also most native speakers confuse this anyway.

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    Re: 's

    Look at this sentence:

    Peter's English.

    How do you know whether it means "Peter is English" or "the English that belongs to Peter" -- or, more correctly, "the English that Peter speaks"?

    Well, the answer is that "the English that Peter speaks" isn't a complete sentence. You have to say, for example, "Peter's English is very good".

    Here's another one:

    "I see Jane's books."

    Does it make sense to say: "I see Jane is books"? How can a person be books? No, it means: "I see the books that belong to Jane".

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    #4

    Thumbs up Re: 's

    thank you rewboss and ugp...
    i appreciate your help very much..

    Warmest Regards,


    -kahhong

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    #5

    Re: 's

    thanks for your interesting examples,rewboss

    I learnt a lot from your examples

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