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    genitive case exercise

    Dear teachers,

    Would you please correct my exercise ?

    Rewrite the following sentences using a genitive case where possible.

    1. I have found an egg laid by a bird. => I have found a bird's egg.

    2. The only cinema in town has closed down.

    3. It takes me about three hours to drive to London. => It takes me about a three hours' drive OR a three-hour drive to (get/go ?) London.

    4. Tom had an argument with one of my sisterís friends. => Tom had an argument with a friend of my sisterís.

    5. I have never visited the house of Mr & Mrs Brady. => I have never visited Mr & Mrs Brady's house.

    6. The victory of the French was a surprise.

    7. He did not attend the meeting that took place last week. => He did not attend last week's meeting.

    8. The adventures of Ulysses were incredible. => Ulysses' advebtures were incredible.

    9. This is a game for children. => This is a children's game.

    10. The Thatcher policy was very conservative. => (Mrs ?) Thatcher's policy was very conservative.

    11. The business run by Mum and Dad is going well. => Mum and Dadís business is going well.

    Thank you for your help and wish you all the best.

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    Re: genitive case exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you please correct my exercise ?

    Rewrite the following sentences using a genitive case where possible.

    1. I have found an egg laid by a bird. => I have found a bird's egg.

    2. The only cinema in town has closed down.

    3. It takes me about three hours to drive to London. => It takes me about a three hours' drive OR a three-hour drive to (get/go ?) London.

    4. Tom had an argument with one of my sister’s friends. => Tom had an argument with a friend of my sister’s.

    5. I have never visited the house of Mr & Mrs Brady. => I have never visited Mr & Mrs Brady's house.

    6. The victory of the French was a surprise.

    7. He did not attend the meeting that took place last week. => He did not attend last week's meeting.

    8. The adventures of Ulysses were incredible. => Ulysses' advebtures were incredible.

    9. This is a game for children. => This is a children's game.

    10. The Thatcher policy was very conservative. => (Mrs ?) Thatcher's policy was very conservative.

    11. The business run by Mum and Dad is going well. => Mum and Dad’s business is going well.

    Thank you for your help and wish you all the best.
    This sounds like a homework exercise. Is it?

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    Re: genitive case exercise

    Hello MikeNewYork,

    No, it's not a homework. I found the exercise on the net and I wanted somebody to tell me if I did it right. If you google it, you'll find it. Unfortunately, the answers did not come with it.

    I wish you a very happy new year and I thank you again for all the help you give us all.
    Best regards

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    Re: genitive case exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you please correct my exercise ?

    Rewrite the following sentences using a genitive case where possible.

    1. I have found an egg laid by a bird. => I have found a bird's egg.

    2. The only cinema in town has closed down.

    3. It takes me about three hours to drive to London. => It takes me about a three hours' drive OR a three-hour drive to (get/go ?) London.

    4. Tom had an argument with one of my sister’s friends. => Tom had an argument with a friend of my sister’s.

    5. I have never visited the house of Mr & Mrs Brady. => I have never visited Mr & Mrs Brady's house.

    6. The victory of the French was a surprise.

    7. He did not attend the meeting that took place last week. => He did not attend last week's meeting.

    8. The adventures of Ulysses were incredible. => Ulysses' advebtures were incredible.

    9. This is a game for children. => This is a children's game.

    10. The Thatcher policy was very conservative. => (Mrs ?) Thatcher's policy was very conservative.

    11. The business run by Mum and Dad is going well. => Mum and Dad’s business is going well.

    Thank you for your help and wish you all the best.
    Your answers are all correct. In #6 the possessive cannot be used. Understanding that, how would you rewrite it?

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    Re: genitive case exercise

    2: The town's only cinema has closed.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: genitive case exercise

    Good evening Barb,

    Is it possible to use the genitive with an inanimate object -all the more so as "town" is not a proper noun ? I understand that it is possible to say something like "Eaton's only cinema has closed" but what about "town"?


    Bhaisahab,

    For #6 it seems that I can't use a compound either this is why I left it unchanged. If I wrote "the French victory" it would mean that the victory is French, wouldn't it ?

    I wish you all the very best for the coming year.
    Last edited by hela; 30-Dec-2013 at 19:51.

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    Re: genitive case exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Good evening Barb,

    Is it possible to use the genitive with an inanimate object -all the more so as "town" is not a proper noun ? I understand that it is possible to say something like "Eaton's only cinema has closed" but what about "town"?


    Bhaisahab,

    For #6 it seems that I can't use a compound either this is why I left it unchanged. If I wrote "the French victory" it would mean that the victory is French, wouldn't it ?

    I wish you all the very best for the coming year.
    Yes, it is fine to use the genitive with some entities: city, town, village, state, nation, etc.

    "French victory" is also fine. It is not a genitive; it uses French as an adjective.

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    Re: genitive case exercise

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Good evening Barb,

    Is it possible to use the genitive with an inanimate object -all the more so as "town" is not a proper noun ? I understand that it is possible to say something like "Eaton's only cinema has closed" but what about "town"?
    Do you think I would take the time to post a deliberately wrong or misleading answer?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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