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    #11

    Re: Great's house’s yard.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Someone's house's yard is more likely to be used in a conversation. The other is more formal.
    I don't think so. We'd usually just say someone's yard. We can assume there's a house involved.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #12

    Re: Great's house’s yard.

    Where else do you find yards that cannot be explained by context?

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    #13

    Re: Great's house’s yard.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I don't think so. We'd usually just say someone's yard. We can assume there's a house involved.
    Isn't possible for a building other than a house to have a yard?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    #14

    Re: Great's house’s yard.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Isn't it possible for a building other than a house to have a yard?
    It is, but when it's "someone's yard", we would assume it was the yard of a house.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #15

    Re: Great's house’s yard.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Isn't possible for a building other than a house to have a yard?
    Yes, but wouldn't we need to clarify this under certain conditions? I see nothing here that requires clarification.

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