Tag Info

Hot answers tagged

40

This seems baffling, but what is special about today's? I think it comes down to this: We cannot use two genitives to modify a single noun. At least not outside Indian English. Today's is a "genitive". I don't want to use the common possessive here, because it's hard to imagine actual possession in this case. For this answer I will use "genitive" to refer ...


17

Usually, a noun phrase in English must have exactly one determiner: you can say "I drove the car" or "I drove my car", but not "I drove car" or "I drove the my car". Certain nouns (such as plural nouns and proper nouns) don't need determiners: "I love bees", "I love milk", "I love Paris", "I love biology". But I can't think of a case where it's ever legal ...


9

I think I have an example in which the phrase "our today's meeting" might be uttered by a speaker of English, at least in informal conversation. Alice and Bob are in an office in New York, USA, talking on the phone to Colleen, who is in an office in Perth, Australia. Alice, Bob, and Colleen are members of a team working on a project together, for which ...


4

I agree with oerkelens' answer, but I am surprised no one has mentioned that the expected form, at least in British English, would normally be "our meeting today". For example, "We welcome Professor David Morrison to our meeting today." While I think most of the grammatical arguments are valid, the main reason I sense "our today's meeting" to be wrong is ...


3

To take the last question first: no, the forms in the examples in the question here are not gerunds. They are verbal nouns. Morphologically speaking, gerunds and verbal nouns are indistinguishable in English: they both end in -ing and are identical both to each other and to the present participle (which is a different kettle of fish that I’ll leave out of ...


3

People as a plural of person is a mass noun, and we don;t use a plural -s. So when forming a possessive, we only add the 's: I refuse to look after other people's belongings. However, people can also be countable, when we refer to a(n ethic) group of persons: the Belgian people, the British people. Although a bit contrived, you could be referring to ...


2

Both possessive pronouns and articles are determiners, so in many cases, such as in your example, it is a matter of style or preference, that is: do you want to refer to the nouns by an article or a pronoun? To the repetition of its sounds bad here. I wouldn't mix and match unless you know what you're doing, that is, until you have a much greater command of ...


2

Simple: you don't own today. The normal phrase is "our meeting today". However, note: "All our yesterdays" is legitimate, but poetical and I can imagine a similarly flowery use of "our today" or even "our todays" but stretching that even further to have that today then possess the meeting just doesn't look like it would ever work to me.


2

Your first example "We will discuss it in our today's meeting." is incorrect because today is not ours. You could say "our meeting" or "today's meeting", or "our meeting today". Your second example "We will discuss it at our meeting that is scheduled for today." is OK grammatically, but it's unnecessarily wordy. Try one of these succinct constructions: We ...


2

Genuine sounds a bit odd here. When used to describe people, genuine normally relates to their personality, rather than their existence; so the implied opposite to genuine is not fictitious/literary, but rather dishonest/deceitful. “The genuine pioneer’s story” makes it sound like it’s the story of a pioneer with a very pure and honest disposition (rather ...


1

In English the Christian feast is commonly referred to as Epiphany and is celebrated January 6. In the Church of England, the eve of Epiphany is called the Twelfth Night and the first Monday after January 6 used to be known as Plough Monday. I would advise the OP to avoid calling Epiphany as "Three Wise Men's Day". Although the Magi who visited the infant ...



Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible