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    possessive ’s: sometimes really confusing

    I do understand the rules for the possessive ’s quite good, but I’m actually confused about three things:
    1-Sometimes possessive ’s is not used such as ‘’door handle’’…why not ‘’door’s handle’’?
    2-When to use the ‘’of possessive’’ form (the cartoons of Davaid) and when to use the '' ’s possessive’’ form (David’s cartoons)? Note that I mean that cartoons that are drawn by David, and not cartoons depicting David. 3-How do I write it if I mean the cartoons that depict David?
    Sincerely,

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    Re: possessive ’s: sometimes really confusing

    In "door handle" "door" in an adjective, not a possessive. There is no reason to use a possessive in "cartoons of David". "David's cartoons" is correct. If you mean cartoons that depict David, I would use "cartoons of David".
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 16-Mar-2015 at 18:03. Reason: tiny typo

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    Re: possessive ’s: sometimes really confusing

    Note that you understand it well, not good.
    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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