Sometimes I come across constructions like "site's header" or "site's navigation", but as I know the possessive case in most cases shouldn't be used with inanimate nouns. So my question is – are those correct collocations and might they be used in some more formal contexts?

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    "as I know the possessive case in most cases shouldn't be used with inanimate nouns" - where did you hear that? You can certainly use the possessive case with inanimate nouns. – stangdon Mar 22 '17 at 11:30
  • Well, I've read that it might be used with countries' or cities' names (America's), nouns denoting time (year's) and some other words, but not with any inanimate noun. – rdt09 Mar 22 '17 at 11:50
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    Some writers consider it bad style, but in practice we certainly use the possessive with inanimate nouns: the screwdriver's handle, the philosophy's appeal, the site's header, etc. We use of more often with inanimate nouns - the handle of the screwdriver but it isn't a rule that you have to. – stangdon Mar 22 '17 at 12:29
  • It seems that my book is "overly correct". Thank you. – rdt09 Mar 22 '17 at 12:52
  • ...the river's source, the road's curve, the wind's roar, the wall's color... – Davo Mar 22 '17 at 14:45

site's header
site's navigation

are correct and refer to either the site's top/beginning or possibly some picks used to move through the site.

Using possessives with inanimate nouns often happens

The bike's tires need air.
The teddy bear's fur is wet.

The site's header is an ugly color.
The site's navigation is not intuitive.

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