Using of in possession.

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Using of in possession.

Post by McKinney » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:34 am

Hello Alan,

Can you tell me why I should say “the walls of the house” and not “the house walls” and also “the living room window” and not the “the window of the living room”.

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Re: Using of in possession.

Post by Alan » Mon Sep 16, 2019 1:36 am

I'm afraid there is no absolute rule to guide you here, only convention. "House walls" is not impossible, but is more the kind of expression that a builder would use rather than an ordinary person. Conversely, "window of the living room" is equally not impossible, but rather unidiomatic. Generally speaking, regarding rooms in a house, the attributive noun construction (bedroom door, kitchen table, etc.) tends to predominate.