Are the meanings of these two phrases the same? If not, what is the difference?

Car's broken door


Broken door of car


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Forming the Possessive

The possessive form is used with nouns referring to people, groups of people, countries, and animals. It shows a relationship of belonging between one thing and another.


To form the possessive, add apostrophe + s to the noun. If the noun is plural, or already ends with "s", just add an apostrophe after the "s".


'Belonging to' or 'ownership' is the most common relationship the possessive expresses.

(Forming the possessive | EF)


  • Apple’s taste
  • Book’s cover
  • Boss’s car

Making singular nouns possessive

Add an apostrophe + s to most singular nouns and to plural nouns that do not end in s.

English has some words that are plural but do not add an ‘s’. Words like children, sheep, women and men are such words. These plural words are treated as if they were singular words when making noun possessives.


Singular nouns: kitten’s toy, Joe’s car, MLB’s ruling

Plurals not ending in s: women’s dresses, sheep’s pasture, children’s toys.

Making plural nouns possessive

Add an apostrophe only to plural nouns that already end in s.

You don’t need to add an extra ‘s’ to plural nouns that already end with the letter ‘s’. Simply tuck the apostrophe onto the end to indicate that the plural noun is now a plural possessive noun.


Companies’ workers, Horses’ stalls, Countries’ armies

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Car's broken door


Broken door of the car

Both can be used no difference in the meaning, you can write the two forms.

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