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    my mother's; my mother's house

    Hello,

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    The last time he was seen was when he was at the back door of Emily's kitchen.
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    Can I write "Emily's kitchen" to mean "kitchen of Emily's house"?
    Would the meaning differ if I substituted "to" for "of"?

    2.
    I remember that I saw an expression like "I went to my mother's" in which the speaker meant "my mother's house"...(I am not sure.)
    Is "my mother's" a legitimate expression for "my mother's house"?

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    Re: my mother's; my mother's house

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    Hello,

    1.
    ---------
    The last time he was seen was when he was at the back door of Emily's kitchen.
    ---------
    Can I write "Emily's kitchen" to mean "kitchen of Emily's house"? I think we can.
    Would the meaning differ if I substituted "to" for "of"? Yes, but we can't substitute "to" because "of" expresses the possession.

    2.
    I remember that I saw an expression like "I went to my mother's" in which the speaker meant "my mother's house"...(I am not sure.)
    Is "my mother's" a legitimate expression for "my mother's house"? Right.
    .

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