Using an apostrophes for a non living thing?

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Can I use an 's for non-living things to show possessiveness.

Example:

The book's cover.

The table's leg.

asked Jun 10 '12 at 12:06 Elijah New member

I read in a grammer book named "English is Easy" that there is no possessive of nonliving things untill we personify them ..if this rule is correct so how this above sentence can be as ..the book's cover ,the table's leg ? According to the rule as book and cover are nonliving so it should be "rhe cover of the book" and "leg of the table"...plzz help

Arju arju.updhyyApr 23 '15 at 14:06

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YES, IT IS TRUE THAT POSSESSIVE NOUNS SHOULD BE USED ONLY WITH LIVING THINGS AND NOT WITH NON LIVING THINGS.

WE  SAY

SAM'S BIRTHDAY........

INSTEAD OF SAYING

"CHAIR'S LEG"  , YOU CAN SAY " LEG OF THE CHAIR" OR "CHAIR LEG"...BOTH ARE CORRECT. 

 

HOWEVER, THERE ARE FEW EXCEPTIONS WHERE WE ARE ALLOWED TO USE POSSESSIVE NOUNS WITH NON LIVINGS LIKE[ ORGANIZATION,TIME,THE EARTH,COUNTRY]

U.N'S ASSEMBLY  OR  UN ASSEMBLY  ....OR ASSEMBLY OF U.N , ALL ARE CORRECT

TODAY'S NEWS OR NEWS OF TODAY  ARE ALSO CORRECT..... BUT MIND YOU IF YOU SAY "TODAY, NEWS"....IT MAY NT BE WRONG BUT  WILL  COMPLETELY CHANGE THE MEANING OF SENTENCE FOR SURE.

link comment answered Mar 30 at 01:47 pranab New member

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