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    " 's " or "of the"

    Hello!
    I'd like to know when 's or "of sth" is used

    For example:

    the living room of my house is very large
    or
    my house's living room

    the world's best food
    or
    the best food of the world

    What would be the correct form? Why do we ues one form and not the other?

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    Re: " 's " or "of the"

    Quote Originally Posted by Borovac View Post
    Hello!
    I'd like to know when 's or "of sth" is used

    For example:

    the living room of my house is very large
    or
    my house's living room
    Except for lack of capitalization and punctuation, the above two sentences are correct but are not commonly said.
    Because people usually have one house or apartment with one living room, they usually say '(My)(Our) living room is very large.'
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    Last edited by 2006; 13-May-2008 at 02:09.

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    Re: " 's " or "of the"

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    2006
    I'm sorry for the lack of capitalisation and punctuation! I guess now it's correct:

    The living room of my house.
    My house's living room.


    Actually I saw those examples at the coursebook I use for my students, but thank you for clearing the current use of the phrase up!

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    Re: " 's " or "of the"

    Quote Originally Posted by Borovac View Post
    I'm sorry for the lack of capitalisation and punctuation! I guess now it's correct:

    The living room of my house.
    My house's living room.


    Actually I saw those examples at the coursebook I use for my students, but thank you for clearing the current use of the phrase up!
    Actually it's my mistake! They are not sentences; they are just phrases, so they don't require capitalization and periods. Sorry for misleading you! I'm glad I had a chance to correct myself.

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