This possessives page brings together information about

  • possessive nouns
  • possessive adjectives
  • possessive pronouns
  • questions
  • reciprocal pronouns  

 

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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,
Kirk
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,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

hi
i am confuse on this topic

Hello pintu94,

If you follow the links to the different pages in this section, you'll see explanations. If you have any specific questions about what you see on any of those pages, please feel free to ask us there.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi, i'm quite confuse on this topic with the following reason, why we add s to some nouns to show the possesive while other nouns not, for example : Mark's car but Car door, Kathy's pen but pen writers. Would anybody explain it for me? Thank a lot.

Hi Thuong123,

When we want to show possession we add 's to the noun, as you say. The examples where there is no 's are different. In these the first word is not a noun, but an adjective. It can be confusing because the words have the same form:

This is my car ['car' is a noun]

My car door is scratched ['car' is an adjective describing the noun 'door']

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Peter,
Thanks for a reply. Can you please give me a clue how to distinguish whether nouns are adjectives or not? Thank you.

Hi Thuobg123,

I'm afraid the only answer is to recognise the function of the word from the context and from knowing common use; there is no rule which allows you to tell an adjective from a noun purely by its spelling.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

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