I already asked similar question in the following: meaning of plural of plural v.s. singular of plural.

For example, when I want to express crash among many cars, I used cars' crashing. However, in the above link (my similar question), I saw the answer of cars crashing is correct, but cars' crashing is not correct.

Can someone explain about this?

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cars' crashing sounds like the act of crashing is in the possession of the cars. I wouldn't say that's a common phrasing. Sounds kind of weired.

cars crashing, on the other hand, is the noun cars plus the present participle form of the verb to crash. This means that the cars are in the process of crashing.


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