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Example:

Like most program windows, the Visual Basic Editor has a title bar and menu bar at the top. Optional toolbars appear under the menu bar. You can hide or show any toolbar at any time by choosing View➪Toolbars from the menu bar. Select the check box for the toolbar you want to show; deselect the check box to hide that toolbar.

How do you understand that phrase? Is this something along the lines of the expression all things ~ as in the sentence "She loves all things Korean"? Then I suppose it should be programs, with an s at the end. I'm a little bit confused.

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You might naturally read it as

"like most program's windows"

i.e., like the windows of most programs.

However, it is actually correct as it stands. Compare it to

"Like most car tyres, this one has grooves"

Even though it still would appear to be, "Like the tyres of most cars" & therefore "Like most car's tyres", that actually isn't the intended meaning.

The object is not 'the tyres on a car' it is 'a tyre specifically for cars' or 'car tyre'

Likewise, it's not actually 'the window of a program' it is a 'program window'

  • I found the text here. Seeing the figure above the text, I think it's more like "Like most other windows of this program". They just call windows of this program "program windows", and they seem to think of Visual Basic Editor as a window--a program window, as well, imho. – Damkerng T. Dec 5 '14 at 10:22

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