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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #126986: Possessive case
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    > Similar tests: - Genitive case - Possessive case - Possessive or genitive Case - Possessive adjectives and pronouns. - Personal pronouns, possessives - Back to the possessive case - Whose and use - Possessive idioms
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    Possessive case




    The genitive / possessive pattern / 's mark is used when indicating a relation of ownership or association.

    My dog's ball is always wet with drool. 

    "David Copperfield" is one of Charles Dickens's novel. 




    I) How can I build it?

    owner/singular: NOUN + 'S.

    owner/plural: NOUN + '.

    My neighbour's children are noisy. 

    My neighbours' children are noisy. 

    ⚠️ Antiquity: only an apostrophe

    Who knows anything about Socratesdeath or Sophoclestragedies, nowadays? 



    II) Where should I put it?

    Caution: the meaning of the sentence can be changed.


    Some swimmers and surfers are sometimes bitten by a white shark's teeth. 

    Some swimmers and surfers are sometimes bitten by sharks' white teeth. 


    We can use two genitive cases in the same sentence.

    He bought his neighbour's daughter's car. 



    Let us meet at Brenda's at noon. 


    Avoiding repetitions:

    Is it Jan's turn? No, it is Charles's


    With pronouns: somebody, everybody, somebody else, each other, one another.

    He couldn't give up without considering everybody's situation. Il ne pouvait pas abandonner sans considérer la situation de tout le monde.


    With a date, a length...

    Tonight's lecture was popular. 

    A five kilometres' walk / A 5 kilometre walk a day is good for your health. 

    Do you need a twenty minutes' rest / A twenty minute rest after having your lunch?  déjeuner ?


    Idioms :

    To get one's money's worth

    New Year's day

    Art for art's sake

    At arm’s length

    At the water's edge

    For God's sake = for Goodness's sake

    For Heaven's sake

    To enjoy oneself to one's heart's content




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