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    The Japan is a friend of Russia's.

    The Japan is an ally of Russia. Can we also say "The Japan is a friend of Russia's?" I mean we say it when we talk about human beings but, if we are talking about countries then what we need to say?

    Please check.

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    #2

    Re: The Japan is a friend of Russia's.

    Have you ever seen anything in your life that makes you think we need 'the' before 'Japan'?

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    #3

    Re: The Japan is a friend of Russia's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Have you ever seen anything in your life that makes you think we need 'the' before 'Japan'?
    No, I didn't want to make any mistake.

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    #4

    Re: The Japan is a friend of Russia's.

    I wouldn't use it, but you could say Japan is a friend to Russia.

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    #5

    Re: The Japan is a friend of Russia's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I wouldn't use it, but you could say Japan is a friend to Russia.
    Okay, so it is wrong to use "'s" for countries.

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    #6

    Re: The Japan is a friend of Russia's.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Okay, so it is wrong to use "'s" for countries.
    Not in most cases. It just sounds a little odd in your sentence.

    You can say, for example, ​The radish is one of India's native vegetables.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The Japan is a friend of Russia's.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Okay, so it is wrong to use "'s" for countries.
    Congratulations for your correct use of punctuation. That's a tricky one.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: The Japan is a friend of Russia's.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    The Japan is an ally of Russia. Can we also say "The Japan is a friend of Russia's?" I mean we say it when we talk about human beings but, if we are talking about countries then what we need to say?

    Please check.
    The only thing wrong with your quoted phase is the definite article "the". Apart from that it is a perfect example of an English idiom, the ungrammatical but absolutely correct and very common use of the possessive, for example , a friend of hers, or a disability of mine.

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    #9

    Re: The Japan is a friend of Russia's.

    Quote Originally Posted by tufguy View Post
    Okay, so it is wrong to use "'s" for countries.
    No, but it sounds a bit like they're going to the pub for a drink together. There could be contexts where it would work fine. Also, note that I have used a different preposition in mine.

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    #10

    Re: The Japan is a friend of Russia's.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    No, but it sounds a bit like they're going to the pub for a drink together. There could be contexts where it would work fine. Also, note that I have used a different preposition in mine.
    Preposition in mine?

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