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    #1

    his relatives' computers

    1) He likes me because I repair his relatives' computers.

    Does that mean:
    a) I repair the computers of all of his relatives.
    or:
    b) I repair the computers of some of his relatives.
    or:
    c) I repair computers of all of his relatives.
    or:
    d) I repair computers of some of his relatives.

    I think the sentences could be used in all those cases.

    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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    Re: his relatives' computers

    In theory, it could mean any one of your four suggestions. I would probably assume that the relatives owned just one computer each and that I repair each one of them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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