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robjen
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:01:27 PM
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(1) My T-shirt's logo is damaged. (my sentence)

(2) My T-shirt logo is damaged. (my friends' revision)

My non-native English speaking friends think you don't need the possessive. They give me two examples to support their answer, as shown below.

(3) Tom lent me some money to pay my January rent. (correct)

(4) Tom lent me some money to pay my January's rent. (WRONG)

Is my sentence (1) wrong? Thank you very much.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:23:49 PM

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An attributive noun describes the following noun.

A police car
What type of car? A car with stripes and a siren,driven by the police, not a normal car.

My pet rabbit.
What sort of rabbit?
A rabbit who is a pet, not a wild animal.

So
What logo?
Identify it.
The Olympic Games logo

What logo?
Identify it.
The logo on my t-shirt.

Not my t-shirt's logo because inanimate objects do not have possessive 's.

Not my t-shirt logo because it is not the logo advertising your t-shirt.

It is the logo which is on your t-shirt.
The logo on my t-shirt.


My pet nose. My pet rabbit.
=my nose. Which is a pet. No. Unless you have a nose on a leash and take it for walks. Eh?
=My rabbit. Which is a pet.


Animate objects take a possessive 's.
People and animals possess noses:
My sister's nose.
=The nose of my sister.
My dog's nose.
=the nose of my dog.

My pet's nose
OK but odd - if it is your pet you know what animal it is. So it would be far more natural to say that. The 'my' indicates it is a pet.
My cat's nose.
My dog's nose.
My pet tiger's nose.
=the nose of my pet tiger. The tiger which is mine and is a pet, not wild.





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