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Possessives are forms that we use to talk about possessions and relationships between things and people. They take different forms depending on how they are used.

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My son has posted this comment on his college what's app group : Please pay the fees of 2 nd year.

I told him that it should be :
1) Please pay the second year fees. or
2) Please pay the fees for 2nd year.

He wants to know why "... of the second year" is wrong.
How do I explain him that it is wrong grammatically.
Please help.

Hello dipakrgandhi,

You are correct that it is not the standard way to express this, and your suggestions are much better.

I wouldn't say that there is a grammar rule which explains why your son's formulation is not correct. It's more a case of convention.

You can use of in this way: the fees of the university. When talking about the period which they cover, use forthe fees for the second year.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Sir!

I have a doubt.
Is it grammatically correct to say : "I struck him by the face" ?

Hello NoelBiju17,

If you want to say where a blow fell, then the correct form is 'struck in'. However, you could use by with the sense of next to, if that was your intention.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello I would like to ask if the following is correct
1.My friends say that it is a great flat, but to me is just "my sweet home" or
2.... but for me is just "home sweet home"
Thank you in advance

I would like to ask if the following is correct
1.The house many rooms and of of them is the study or
2.The house has many rooms and one of those is the study, or the study room?
Thank you in advance

What is the difference between " 's " and "of"?

Susan is one of my friends. > Susan is a friend of mine.
(NOT Susan is a friend of me.)

I am one of Susan's friends. > I am a friend of Susan's.
(NOT I am a friend of Susan.)

Hello InmaLD

Except for the fact that the first forms suggest that Susan has more than one friend, there is no real difference in meaning between the two forms.

Just as you can say 'mi amiga' or 'una amiga mía', but not 'una mi amiga', in English you can say 'my friend' or 'a friend of mine', but not 'a my friend'.

All the best


The LearnEnglish Team

Hello admins,
I'm not really sure when to use possesives correctly.
For example, they coordinated (their) opinions and introduced (the/ their) discussions afterward.
Could you give us some explanation?