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    Question Differences between "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"

    As mentioned in the title, what's the differences between "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"? And what's the meaning? I have just learnt grammar of genitive this week, but I am still confused about this. Could any one please tell me the differences between them? Thx a lot!!!

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    Re: Differences between "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"

    Quote Originally Posted by Minimalism View Post
    As mentioned in the title, What's the differences difference between "a house of Paul's" and"a house of Paul's own"?

    And what's the meaning What do they mean?

    I have just learnt grammar of about the genitive this week, but I am still confused. about this.

    Could any one anyone please tell me the differences between them?

    Thx Thanks a lot!
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please note my corrections above.

    Please write a new post (a response, not a new thread) and put both phrases into separate complete sentences for us to consider.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Differences between "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"

    I can't think of many contexts that would require "a house of Paul's own".

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    Re: Differences between "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"

    Quote Originally Posted by Minimalism View Post
    . . . "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"?
    The question reminds me of the movie title A Home of Our Own. As I see it, a house of Paul's implies that Paul has more than one house.

    The phrase a house of Paul's own refers to a house belonging to no one other than Paul. It does not imply that Paul has more than one house.

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    Re: Differences between "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"

    Generally, in BrE, a "home of one's own" means a house that you actually own, rather than rent.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Differences between "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Generally, in BrE, a "home of one's own" means a house that you actually own, rather than rent.
    It's the same in AmE. The emphasis is on ownership. It's not just that one lives in the house or rents it.

    However, it would be extremely strange to say, in AmE: ? This is a home of our own, and that is a home of our own, too.

    A home of ours would, however, work there: This is a home of ours, and that is a home of ours, too.

    If one had only one home, one could say This is our home or This is a home of our own, but not This is a home of ours, which implies there is more than one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please note my corrections above.

    Please write a new post (a response, not a new thread) and put both phrases into separate complete sentences for us to consider.
    Thank you very much! (I need to improve my English grammar really)
    These two phrases were taken from my grammar course's exercise without specific context, it is confusing. So I want to know whether native speakers would use this kind of expression in daily life.

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    Talking Re: Differences between "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"

    Thank you all! Now I see.:-) Your illustrations are brilliant!
    I just joined Using English Forum last night and I am not quite familiar with how to post questions normatively here. Thanks for your understanding and kindness!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 25-Mar-2020 at 09:23. Reason: deleting unnecessary quotes

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    Re: Differences between "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"

    Quote Originally Posted by Minimalism View Post
    Thank you all! Now I see. Your illustrations are brilliant!
    I just joined Using English Forum last night and I am not yet familiar with how to post questions. normatively here. Thanks for your understanding and kindness!
    You'll probably appreciate that I have deleted unnecessary words for the sake of brevity, Minimalism.

    Incidentally, I had to look up 'normatively'. A lot of native English-speakers will never have heard of it.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Mar-2020 at 11:36.

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    Re: Differences between "a house of Paul's" and "a house of Paul's own"

    Thank you!

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