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  • possessive nouns
  • possessive adjectives
  • possessive pronouns
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Hi, which one is correct: Turn on the system`s power supply or Turn on the system power supply?
Thank you

Hello Viktorija,

The first sounds better to me, but the second is perfectly clear.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi,

Which sentence would be considered to be correct? 'What are we going to do with THAT freedom we have?' Or 'What are we going to do with THE freedom we have?'

Many thanks

Hell bsamba,

Unless you're speaking about a specific freedom (e.g. the freedom of speech, freedom of religion), then 'the' would probably be better. Our this, that, these and those page may be of interest to you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Sir, I often get confused between adjective and verb. Adjective and Verb both implying the action of noun. So how you identify this is adjective or verb?

Hello The_Unknown,

An adjective tells you more about a noun, i.e. a person, place or thing, but it doesn't necessarily imply action. For example, 'That monkey is old.' 'old' tells us what the monkey is like. A verb describes something a noun does or the condition of the noun, e.g. 'That old monkey is eating a mango'. 'is eating' describes an action. 

You might want to do an internet search for 'difference between adjectives and verbs' – I'm sure you'll find lots of useful explanations that will help you.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

hello,
are these sentences right
1. the room was got painted by him.
2. the clothes were got washed by me.
please tell me.

Hello again Afia shakir khan,

When using 'get' in the passive, it replaces 'be'. So, for example, 1 could be either 'The room was painted' or 'The room got painted', but not 'The room was got painted'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Dear sirs,

I would like to thank you in advance for you help.
I would be most grateful if you can clear my confusion regarding possessive nouns. The general rule is to add " 's " at the end of the singular nouns to show possession e.g. Adam's car. However, does the same rule apply for objects such as companies? At work and when I read books, sometimes I come objects that contain " 's" to show possession while other times they do not. For example, can we say the company car or the company's car? Alternatively, if we are referring to a specific company e.g. Google, should we write "Google employees or Google's employees"?

Furthermore, are the two following sentences grammatically correct? 1- This document is Amazon board of director meeting minutes or 2- This document is Amazon's board of director meeting's minutes?

Thanks.

Hello English-wonder,

You are correct that we use 's to create a possessive form, and this is true for company names as much as any other noun:

Google's employees have good working conditions.

Ford's cars are very popular.

However, we can also use company names as adjectives:

Google employees have good working conditions.

Ford cars are very popular.

In certain contexts the adjective is the normal choice.

In the sentence you quote we would be most likely to use the company name as an adjective:

This document is the Amazon board of directors' meeting's minutes.

However, the style is poor here because there are too many 's in a row before the noun. A better style would be:

This document is the minutes of the Amazon's board of directors' meeting.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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