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I need to know which of these sentences is right ?

My room light doesn't work.

or

My room's light doesn't work.

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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 window that is part of the kitchen, the phrase my room light can mean my light that is part of my room.

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Both are grammatically correct, except that in the first case you need a hyphen. But I would probably say 'The light in my room's not working'. It is just a case of local usages, personal preferences etc.

  • +1 That or the second option; "room light", while technically correct, sounds stilted to me. – anotherdave Nov 27 '13 at 19:10

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