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langnet
Posted: Sunday, December 26, 2010 10:05:27 AM
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We normally use 'of the' form here, like 'wheels of the car', etc.

Now, when we talk about period, for example, month, week, etc.

We are using a month's time, a week's time, etc.

There are cases, we are using 'last day of the month', not as 'month's last day'

I understand, this can be exceptions, please share more details, thank you.
musicwriter
Posted: Sunday, January 2, 2011 11:37:27 PM
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President of the United States
Capitan of the ship
Crux of the matter
Bottom of the ocean
Top of the tower
Chairman of the board
Cowboys of the old west
End of the movie
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Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011 3:11:58 AM
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There were a lot of ideas given in this thread you posted last week.

Between 'of the' & 'of'

Personally, I would never say "the month's last day," but I would use the possessive form in these expressions: "in a day's time," "at day's end."
(In general its safer to limit the use of the ('s) possessive of inanimate objects to specific expressions.)
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