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How can I determine what's the correct way to use the possessive 's in cases like the following one?

"Body tissues"

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"body's tissues"?

I'm always confused in that and I would like to know a way how to determine correctly whether to use possessive 's or not.

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Body's tissues would mean that the body owns the tissues. Body tissues means that the tissues are for a body(or of the body variety). It wouldn't make sense for the body to own a tissue in most situations, so body tissues is most likely the correct term to use.

Summary (in English grammar terms): In body's tissues, body is a possessive noun. In body tissues, body is an adjective.

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  • Summary: In body's tissues, body is a possessive noun. In body tissues, body is an adjective.
    – Element115
    Feb 24, 2018 at 17:39
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    Absolutely. I'll add that summary into the actual answer:)
    – Element115
    Feb 24, 2018 at 19:27

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