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What does apostrophe s mean?

1 The actor’s fall from grace was due to his foul mouth and poor timekeeping.

2 The finance minister's fall from grace gave his enemies great satisfaction .


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In these specific contexts the apostrophe s is on the noun that refers to the person who experienced the fall.

The actor fell from grace. ~ The actor experienced a fall from grace.
That experience can be expressed as "the actor's fall from grace".

The same is true of the finance minister.
He fell from grace. ~ He experienced a fall from grace.
That experience can be expressed as "his fall from grace", or more specifically, "the finance minister's fall from grace".

CJ

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Thanks again, CJ. But I got another thing to clarify.

"The actor's fall..." . What does the Apostrophe s stand for? Isn't " The actor is / has fall ...."


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No. It's the possessive. It's the same as when you say the actor's book or the actor's house, or the actor's father. It's the book, house, or father that belongs to or that is associated with the actor. So in your example it is the fall that is associated with the actor.

The apostrophe does not indicate a contraction of other words in this case.

CJ

Thanks again. If there's not a contraction, it's the possessive. What about the word, "fall", means in noun form?

Does it mean, the fall of the actor? the fall of the minister? It's weird for me. Fall is not a object, as like "The boy's bicycle" , but it is an idiom, " fall from grace".


It doesn't seem any connection with the actor or minister for me.

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Vincent TeoWhat about the word, "fall", means in noun form?

Yes.

Vincent TeoDoes it mean, the fall of the actor? the fall of the minister?

Yes.

Vincent TeoIt's weird for me.

It's not weird for English speakers, but it is not the most frequent use of the apostrophe s. Here are more examples where the noun is not an object.

the dictator's rise to power
the manager's effectiveness as a leader
the professor's love of books

CJ

Thanks. How do we know using apostrophe s properly , just as the examples shown above?

If you continue your study of English and you read a lot, these expressions will begin to come to you naturally. But reading is the most important thing for improving your English.

CJ

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