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    #1

    Talking possessive case

    Dear teacher,
    I am confused about possessive case.
    - a car of Tom
    - the house of Henry and Rose
    - the car's key
    - the woman who lives next door's husband
    - Luis' laptop
    - a John's cousin
    Are they correct and why?
    And in this sentence:
    - I saw that stupid boyfriend of Angie's yesterday
    Why we can't write " that Angie's stupid boyfriend "

    Thanks


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    Re: possessive case

    Quote Originally Posted by aya_aya7121 View Post
    Dear teacher,
    I am confused about possessive case.
    - a car of Tom Correct, but awkward >> Tom's car or a car belonging to Tom
    - the house of Henry and Rose
    - the car's key
    - the woman who lives next door's husband Again, correct but awkward >> The husband of the woman who lives next door
    - Luis' laptop
    - a John's cousin No article required >> John's cousin or One of John's cousins
    Are they correct and why?
    And in this sentence:
    - I saw that stupid boyfriend of Angie's yesterday
    Why we can't write " that Angie's stupid boyfriend " You can, though now "that" attaches to Angie and not the boyfriend.

    Thanks
    .


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    Re: possessive case

    so we can use
    "the car's key"
    and "a key of that car"
    without any differences, right?

    in "Practical English Usage", they wrote that :I saw that stupid boyfriend of Angie's yesterday (not "that Angie's stupid boyfriend"
    I wonder why

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