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    #1

    In the eyes of sb - expression

    Hello

    There is an expression, to express somebody's views: in the eyes of sb

    e.g.
    1. She behaved honourably in the eyes of the headmaster.
    2. It is wrong in the eyes of the world.

    My question is when we consider a person 'in the eyes of the headmaster' can we use in headmaster's eyes?

    Then we will have:
    She behaved honourably in headmaster's eyes (is it correct?)

    thanks

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    Re: In the eyes of sb - expression

    You need to use the same article as in the original.

    ... in the headmaster's eyes.
    ... in the world's eyes.

    Your original examples are more common and more natural but you can, if you wish, use the version you suggested.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: In the eyes of sb - expression

    With a named person, I think the possessive is more common. She can do no wrong in John's eyes.
    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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