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Thanks Kirk. It's very nice of you. Thanks once again.

Which would be the correct form of 's in the following?
1. 5 kgs' pack or 5 kg's pack.
2. 5 kms' journey or 5 km's journey.
3. 5 days' work or 5 day's work.


Hello Adya's,

For 1, 'a five kilogram pack' is probably the most common, and for 2, 'a five kilometer journey'. This kind of structure is common with numbers, units of measurement and nouns. For 3, I'd probably say 'five days of work' to be honest.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hey kirk
i got doubts in these qu.
is he a lawyer?
yes, it is. it's a lawyer or
yes, he is. he's a lawyer
is your friend a lawyer?
yes, it is. it's a lawyer or
yes, he is. he's a lawyer

please tell which is the right one. thank you in advance

Hello diocece,

In both of those examples we would use 'he' (or 'she' if the person is a woman, or 'they' if we do not know if it is a man or a woman). We do not use 'it' to talk about people.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sir,
I'm really confused about these two sentences
1) After 48 hours, Client had still not approved the files.
2) After 48 hours, Client has still not approved the files.
What is difference between in these two sentences and which is correct?

Hello irfanhanif970,

Note that the difference is in the verb. In 1, 'had not approved' is a past perfect form and 'has not approved' (in 2) is a present perfect form. Basically, 1 speaks about a time in the past, whereas 2 speaks about the present. But I'd recommend you read the explanations on the two pages I linked to in order to understand the difference better.

After you read those pages, if it's still not clear to you, explain to us what you think the difference is and we can help you with that.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello. I'm very confused about an example that I've read on the Cambridge dictionary; it is about the possessive 's and it says like this:

'Greg is her youngest daughter’s husband'.

I can't clearly understand what it means, but I guess that it has been said in a situation like this:

For instance, somebody is talking about 'Greg", who is someone's youngest daughter. In this case, for example, that person could be John. So, Greg is John's youngest daughter. Nonetheless, there is a third person that is not being referred: John's wife, whose name is Mary. That means that someone is referring to Greg, who is John's youngest daughter but not Mary's daughter (she -Greg- is Mary's stepdaughter).

Am I correct? Could you please tell me what the correct answer is?
Thank you beforehand.

Hello Daniel H,

The sentence is much simpler than you are making it, I think. Greg is not someone's youngest daughter; Greg is married to someone's youngest daughter. Another way to say the sentence would be

Greg is the husband of her youngest daughter.

I hope that clarifies it for you.


Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

i am confuse on this topic