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    How to express possession

    I was reading a text which said:

    "The first known printing was in the Drake University paper"

    and I've noticed that the 's is missing.

    I'd like to know if it's just a typo or if it's possible (or madatory) not to write the possessive 's in some cases.

    Thank you,
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    Re: How to express possession

    Quote Originally Posted by Simosito View Post
    I was reading a text which said:

    "The first known printing was in the Drake University paper"

    and I've noticed that the 's is missing.

    I'd like to know if it's just a typo or if it's possible (or madatory) not to write the possessive 's in some cases.

    Thank you,
    Sim
    It's not needed here. "The Drake University" is acting as an adjective. It tells you which paper. If you wanted to add an "'s," you'd probably drop the "the": "...in Drake University's paper."

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    Re: How to express possession

    So it is in "attributive position".

    How can I know when a word can "act" like an adjective in sentences like this?

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    Re: How to express possession

    Almost all nouns can act like adjectives in these cases, and usually they will be in the singular.

    The car tire
    The telephone cord
    The kitchen window
    The bathroom mirror
    The dog house
    The family car

    I'm not sure if this rule will work, but we can try to find examples where it does not: If you can ask "which?" or "what?" you can probably use the noun-as-adjective. "Which mirror? The bathroom mirror." If you need to ask "whose?" then use the possessive.

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    Re: How to express possession

    Thank you both.

    I do hope that there is some kind of real, well-known roule, for the one you, Barb_D, suggested might be a little tricky.

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