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    Which of these combinations is/are correct?

    Which of these combinations is/are correct?

    1. Car's brakes
    2. Car brakes (My choice)


    1. Flowers' box
    2. Flower box(My choice)


    Thanks!

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    Re: Which of these combinations is/are correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    Which of these combinations is/are correct?

    1. Car's brakes
    2. Car brakes (My choice)


    1. Flowers' box
    2. Flower box(My choice)


    Thanks!
    With the first two, either can be correct depending on context.

    With the second two, I would only use "flower box".

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    Re: Which of these combinations is/are correct?

    According to Michael Swan's book when we talk about parts of non-living things, we usually use the noun + noun structure.

    A table leg( NOT a table's leg)
    A car door ( NOT a car's door)

    So why did you choose either in the first one?( I should state that I saw both of them as you said but I don't know the reason) I agree with you about the second two. However, I want to know that aren't "flower" an "car" considered as non-living things?

    Thanks for your help :)

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    Re: Which of these combinations is/are correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    According to Michael Swan's book when we talk about parts of non-living things, we usually use the noun + noun structure.

    A table leg( NOT a table's leg)
    A car door ( NOT a car's door)

    So why did you choose either in the first one?( I should state that I saw both of them as you said but I don't know the reason) I agree with you about the second two. However, I want to know that aren't "flower" an "car" considered as non-living things?

    Thanks for your help :)
    Well, I don't know what Michael Swan wrote but "car's brakes" is used at least in AmE.

    A: Where are you going?
    B: I am taking my car in for service.
    A: What's the problem"
    B: My car's brakes are squeaking.

    I think Michael Swan's use of "usually" means that this is not universal.

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    Re: Which of these combinations is/are correct?

    Note the word 'usually' in the Michael Swan reference. You will see many exceptions to this standard guideline.

    Thanks for your help. :)
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    Re: Which of these combinations is/are correct?

    What about flower's box? or flowers' box? Why did you consider them wrong?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Which of these combinations is/are correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    What about flower's box? or flowers' box? Why did you consider them wrong?

    Thanks!
    Because the box does not belong to the flowers.

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    Re: Which of these combinations is/are correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    What about flower's box? or flowers' box? Why did you consider them wrong?

    Thanks!
    A possessive is not possible with flowers and the box.

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