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    Genitive Case

    Hello!. How are you? Thank you very much again!

    Can I use the genitive in this sentence?



    1.- He is at the end of a corridor.

    2.- He is at a corridorīs end.


    In the non-genitive way is correct too, isnīt it?


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    Jesús

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    Re: Genitive Case

    Did you learn it as "the genitive case"? That isn't really a good term for it. I prefer to talk about "the possessive form".

    There is a general rule -- although it's not a very strict one -- that you use the possessive form for people and often animals, and the construction with "of" for inanimate objects. Like this:

    The business-woman's briefcase.
    The handle of the briefcase.

    Both your sentences are okay, but sentence 1 sounds much, much better.

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