ssurprize (ssurprize) wrote in linguaphiles,
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english possessive: ('s) vs (of)

I was taught that the possessive ('s) is used for people, while (of) is used for objects. But I now find myself a bit confused.
Can you verify that the above rule is correct?
or just clarify what the difference is between these two forms of possessive.

Here are a few examples of sentences in pairs, which one in each pair is (more) correct?

1.
a. This is Jack's hat.
b. This is the hat of Jack.

2.
a. That dog's tail is short.
b. The tail of that dog is short.

3.
a. The apple's seeds are black.
b. The seeds of the apple are black.

4.
a. The desk's drawer is full.
b. The drawer of the desk is full.

5.
a. The pen is in the desk's drawer.
b. The pen is in the drawer of the desk.

Thank you very much for any answers!
and sorry if this subject has been brought up before,
but LJ's search feature is not very practical...
(or should I say "the search feature of LJ"!?}
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