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my son's photo could mean a photo showing my son, a photo belonging to my son a photo taken by my son or any combination of those meanings a photo of my son can only mean a photo showing my son
They are two of the three genitive forms in English. A friend of my father. A friend of my father's. My father's friend. They are equivalent here, all of them referring to possession, but the second is only used for possession, making them distinct in some other cases: A picture of my father. A picture of my father's. My ...
The second sentence is definitely correct. The first sentence is also correct. In that sentence, room is a noun modifier applied to light: We often use two nouns together to show that one thing is a part of something else: the village church; the car door; the kitchen window; the chair leg; my coat pocket; Much like the kitchen window means the ...
"Green's function" is preferable to "Green function". For two reasons: Green is also a color, and sounds oddly like an adjective in "Green function". "The color of this function is green." Worse, every darned thing out there is somehow or other more noble or virtuous because it's somehow "green": green energy; green technology; and so on. Maybe even ...
There's nothing wrong with this S-genitive, eg. as in the fish's body. It's also useful in combinations with the Of-genitive: "The whole is covered by two membranes, which are continuations of the flesh of the fish's body" Royal Society Philosophical Transactions Vol L, Part II, For the Year 1758. p589
it seems correct, awkward as "fish's" can sound. It would be more awkward to keep saying "the body of the fish", although I've heard TV presenters referring to "the fish body", ie using fish as an adjective as opposed to a noun. The use of fish as adjective isn't in the OED, but I imagine your readers would understand.
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