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Which sentences are correct?

  • What is today's date?

  • What's the date of Monday? What's the date Monday? What's Monday's date?

  • What is the birthday of Tom? What is the birthday of Tom's?

  • What is the expiry date for this oil? What is the expiry date of this oil?

  • There is no expiry date for this oil. There is no expiry date for this oil.

  • Can you give the timetable of this week's meeting? Can you give the timetable for this week's meeting?

  • What is the extension number of John? What is the extension number for John?

  • What is the extension number of John's?
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What's The Date Of Monday?

Which sentences are correct?

  1. What is today's date?
  2. What's the date of Monday? What's the date Monday? What's Monday's date?
  3. What is the birthday of Tom? What is the birthday of Tom's?
  4. What is the expiry date for this oil? What is the expiry date of this oil?
  5. There is no expiry date for this oil. There is no expiry date for this oil.
  6. Can you give the timetable of this week's meeting? Can you give the timetable for this week's meeting?
  7. What is the extension number of John? What is the extension number for John?
  8. What is the extension number of John's?

Correct Answer

1. What is today’s date?

  • This sentence is grammatically correct.

2. What’s the date of Monday?

  • This sentence is incorrect because it contains awkward phrasing and the incorrect preposition “of”. It should read, “What’s the date on Monday?”
  • “What’s the date Monday?” and “What’s Monday’s date?” are both correct.

3. “What is the birthday of Tom?” and “What is the birthday of Tom’s?” are both incorrect sentences. First of all, the question word should be “when” because a birthday is a date.

  • “What is the birthday of Tom?” is incorrect because the subject is Tom’s birthday, so using passive phrasing and the preposition “of” is confusing and grammatically incorrect.
  • “What is the birthday of Tom’s” is wrong because Tom’s should not be in the possessive form. The correct way to ask the question is,”When is Tom’s birthday?”

4. “What is the expiry date for this oil?” and “What is the expiry date of this oil?” both sound ok and are interchangeable, but the preposition “of” is grammatically correct.

  • “There is no expiry date for this oil,” is a correct sentence. However, many English speakers might say “expiration date” instead of “expiry date.”

5. “Can you give the timetable of this week’s meeting?” makes sense, especially in spoken English, but it would be more grammatically correct to add a subject so we know who the speaker wants the timetable given to. For example:

  • Can you give me the timetable of this week’s meeting?
  • Can you give Mary the timetable of this week’s meeting?

6. “What is the extension number of John?” is incorrect. The correct preposition is “for”, so “What is the extension number for John?” is grammatically correct, although the phrasing is awkward.

  • “What is the extension number of John’s” is incorrect because John should not be possessive.
  • For clarity, the question should be: What is John’s extension number?
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HaohaoxuexiWhich sentences are correct?
  • What is today's date? OK
  • What's the date of Monday?
  • What's the date Monday? OK
  • What's Monday's date? OK
  • What is the birthday of Tom?
  • What is the birthday of Tom's?
  • What is the expiry date for this oil? OK
  • What is the expiry/expiration date of this oil? OK
  • There is no expiry/expiration date for this oil. OK
  • There is no expiry/expiration date for this oil. OK
  • Can you give (me/him/us/them) the timetable of this week's meeting? OK
  • Can you give (me/him/us/them) the timetable for this week's meeting? OK
  • What is the extension number of John?
  • What is the extension number for John? OK
  • What is the extension number of John's?
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Sorry I typed one sentence wrongly, It Should be "There is no expiry date of this oil."

And how about the sentences below

  • What's John's extension number?

  • all technicians' contact numbers or all technicians contact numbers

  • all IBM staff or all IBM's staff
Thanks
HaohaoxuexiSorry I typed one sentence wrongly, It Should be "There is no expiry date of this oil."

And how about the sentences below

  • What's John's extension number? redundant
  • all of the technicians' contact numbers or all technicians contact numbers
  • all IBM staff everyone in the company
  • all of IBM's staff this also means everyone in the company but focuses more on the company and less on the people, in my opinion.


  • Thanks

ok, so extension is enough, rihgt? and how about this sentence "There is no expiry date of this oil.", is it correct?
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There is no expiration date for this oil. This oil has no expiration date.
There is no expiration date for this oil. This oil has no expiration date.

There is no expiry date of this oil.", is it correct?

Hi Barbara

"Expiry" is BrE, while 'expiration' is AmE.
Regardless, it's "for" not "of."
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