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unit49 - Unit 49 GENITIVE We sometimes need to describe a...

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Unit 49: GENITIVE We sometimes need to describe a noun by using another noun with it. We use this other noun: with the –s ending ( ‘s for singular, s’ for plural); with of before it; as an adjective (Unit 64). 1 –S ending We usually use this: a for people: Maria ’s father the father of Maria Ahmed ’s homework homework which Ahmed must do I went to Bill ’s the place where Bill lives this student ’s ability ability which this student has a girl s’ school a school for girls a children ’s playground a place where children can play an old people ’s home a place where old people live NOTICE: Plurals without s use ‘s (NOT s’ ). b for nouns of time: today ’s program three week s’ holiday a few minute s’ rest NOTICE: The noun with the –s ending goes before the noun it describes. 2 Of Of Of Of We use this with most other nouns. For example: the corners of the room NOT the room’s corners the end of the game NOT the game’s end the history of Canada the capital of Alberta NOTICE: The noun with of goes after the noun it describes.
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