About possessive case.


Which is correct? The American economy´s growth or The American economy growth.

asked Nov 14 '12 at 11:08 Roberto Galeano New member

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Rahul: 'Growth of the American economy' would be correct.  You need the article 'the' to make it correct.


More naturally and simply, say 'American economic growth'.


Roberto: as per your original question, 'The American economy's growth' is ok but doesn't sound natural.  'American economic growth' is the best choice.


There may be other options, but I would need to see a complete sentence, or sentences, to give a fuller response.  I hope this helps!

link answered Nov 14 '12 at 14:37 Shawn Mooney Expert

Thank you very much.

Roberto GaleanoNov 15 '12 at 11:32

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I studied (don't know when?) that appostrophe possessive is used with humans or living beings."construction with preposition" would be a better option in such case."Growth in American economy."

link edited Nov 14 '12 at 13:52 Rahul Gupta Expert

What you studied was once the RULE, but is now more of a stylistic suggestion (lower case). In American usage, the rule seems to have fallen into disuse 50+ years ago -- although some teachers still insist.

Jeff PribylNov 14 '12 at 21:24

Thanks a lot, sir.

Rahul GuptaNov 17 '12 at 05:25

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