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Thread: genitive's

    • Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Talking genitive's

    Dear teacher,
    Troy hero, Troy's hero, Trojan hero, Which is correct and why?
    By the way, can you explain to me when we use " of " and when we use " 's " in possessive case?

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    Re: genitive's

    [a/the] hero of Troy
    Troy's hero
    Trojan hero [means specifically a hero who is of Trojan origin].

    You can always use "of", though it can lead to awkward phrasing.

    A friend of mine/my friend
    The son of my neighbour/my neighbour's son
    The car of my oldest son/my oldest son's car


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