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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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Which of the following phrases is correct?
body of the animals
bodies of the animals


Hello naghmairam,

The first phrase is not correct as more than one animal does not share a body.

The second phrase may be correct, depending on the context. A definite article before 'bodies' seems likely, though this will depend on the context.


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Hi Peter,
Thank you for explanation,however in my mind has appeared 1 confusion.For example, in the forest, all the TREES' branches were waving in the wind. In the context the author used (TREES') but why? If we say A CAR DOOR, so why we can't use TREE BRANCHES in this case?
Thanks again for your attention.

Hi Thuong,

You can say tree branches, where tree functions as an adjective in the noun phrase. Depending on how many trees you are describing you can also say the branches of the tree, the tree's branchesthe branches of the trees or the trees' branches.

I'm not sure why you think you can't use the phrase, to be honest.


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THank you, so ( if we talk about 1 tree for example) the meaning of TREE BRANCHES ( without adding S) and TREE'S BRANCHES is similar?Is it accepted both forms by the English grammar,sir?

Hello Thuong,

This depends on the context. Tree branches simply tells us what kind of branches they are (not from a bush, for example), not how many trees there are, or if we are talking in general or in specific terms.

A/The tree's branches tells us that we are talking about the branches of one tree.


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I like to practice in writing. Is someone interested practice together and helping for improvement?

Hello david H L,

I just wanted to say that you are very welcome to write messages and texts in the comments on the pages in LearnEnglish. Someone might respond, and in any case it's great practice.

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The LearnEnglish Team

Hi Krik
I have found the worksheets provided in the "LearnEnglishKids" website interesting and useful. Is it possible to have similar worksheets for the different topics provided in the "LearnEnglish" website?

Hi Nadeem Al-Murshedi,

Thank you for the suggestion - we will consider this when next we upgrade the site. Many of our pages do have downloadable resources, including worksheets. For example, the Word on the Street pages (like this one) have Support Packs which include worksheets and other useful materials (audioscripts and a key, for example).

Most pages also have a 'printer-friendly' option included, which is designed to summarise the page in a way which can be printed. This is not the same as a full worksheet but may be helpful to you where a Support Pack is not available.


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The LearnEnglish Team