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(Sorry for the lack of proper terms in this question)

I noticed that in this example:

This page's content [...]

The word "page" is used with an apostrophe-s. I thought 's should only be used when the literal translation is "[this] page is [...]"

Can someone please clarify this use?

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closed as not a real question by Matt Эллен, Andrew Leach, Kris, MετάEd, RegDwigнt Apr 29 '13 at 14:39

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See this blog post for an explanation. –  Matt Эллен Apr 29 '13 at 8:04
    
I came across an answer here which may be useful. –  Andrew Leach Apr 29 '13 at 9:31
    
Start by looking up 's in a dictionary of your choice. –  RegDwigнt Apr 29 '13 at 14:40

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This is the possessive form which is used with 's. Here both “page” and “content” are nouns. It means:

Content of this page...

This form can also be used with plural nouns as in:

The cars' trunks...

which menas:

Trunks of the cars...

but it should not be mixed with usage of “content” as an adjective:

The boy's content.

in which “content” means “happy” or “pleased”:

The boy is content.

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