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    Talking possessive case

    Pythagoras'hair and Pythagora's hair. Which is correct and why?
    Ho Chi Minhs' life and Ho Chi Minh's life. Which is correct and why?
    Hilary Clintons'face and Hilary Clintons'face .Which is correct and why?

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    Re: possessive case

    Quote Originally Posted by aya_aya7121 View Post
    Pythagoras'hair and Pythagora's hair. Which is correct and why?
    Ho Chi Minhs' life and Ho Chi Minh's life. Which is correct and why?
    Hilary Clintons'face and Hilary Clintons'face .Which is correct and why?
    If you're talking about the hair of Pythagoras, the first is right.
    If you're talking about the hair of Pythagora, the second is right.
    Ho Chi Minh's. For the normal possessive you add " 's "
    Neither. Hilary Clinton's face. To the name you add an apostrophe + s.
    Minhs' and Clintons' would be right if their respective names were Minhs and Clintons, but they aren't.
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    Re: possessive case

    Thank you very much
    The next questions are:
    In possessive case, why we must use "the car that is the boss's "
    , not "the boss's car"?
    What is the different between "three hours' jouney" ( in Possessive Case) and "a three-hour jouney" (in Compound Noun)
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    Re: possessive case

    Quote Originally Posted by aya_aya7121 View Post
    thank you very much
    the next questions are:
    In possessive case, why we must use "the car that is the boss's "
    , not "the boss's car"?
    who told you that? No one would say "the car that is the boss's"
    "the boss's car" is correct.

    what is the different between "three hours' jouney" ( in possessive case) and "a three-hour jouney" (in compound noun)
    even native english speakers argue over whether "a three hours journey" or "a three hours' journey" is correct. They all mean the same.
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    Re: possessive case

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    r.
    hey, Raymott
    using "the car that is the boss's "
    , not "the boss's car"? is mentioned in Practical English Usage of Micheal Swan, Oxford University Press, page 441

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    Re: possessive case

    Quote Originally Posted by aya_aya7121 View Post
    hey, Raymott
    using "the car that is the boss's "
    , not "the boss's car"? is mentioned in Practical English Usage of Micheal Swan, Oxford University Press, page 441
    I doubt whether even Michael Swan would say "the car that is the boss's".
    In any case, if he can write that in a grammar book and get paid for it, I can certainly correct it when asked by a confused student.
    IF he wrote that one should use "the car that is the boss's" in preference to "the boss's car", then he is wrong. Does he give a reason for the use of this bizarre phrase?

    By the way, what date is on your copy of Swan?


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    Oh my god, I was very silly
    He wrote that :" the car that is the boss's = the boss's car
    Thanks for paying attention to what I queried
    Thank you so much
    Don't be angry with me

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    Quote Originally Posted by aya_aya7121 View Post
    Oh my god, I was very silly
    He wrote that :" the car that is the boss's = the boss's car
    Thanks for paying attention to what I queried
    Thank you so much
    Don't be angry with me
    No problems. I thought you probably misquoted, It's quite common here.


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    Raymott, do you know someone who comes from Vietnam? Please tell me

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    Quote Originally Posted by aya_aya7121 View Post
    Raymott, do you know someone who comes from Vietnam? Please tell me
    I don't know any Vietnamese people well. Why do you ask?

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