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# A) Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of Blake. B)

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A) Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of Blake.
B) Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of Blake's.

Which one is correct and why.

Also, Can anybody explain me clearly the difference between the preposition- toward and towards along with its usage? A few examples would b appreciated.
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09 Jul 2011, 12:13
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If you're not sure, try to think of examples that you ARE sure about.

A) Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of him.
B) Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of his.

A) Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of me.
B) Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of mine.

In both cases, (B) is preferred. You wouldn't say "like those of me"---you say "like those of mine." Same thing for "like those of his."
So in both cases, you choose the possessive form.

So between
(A) Blake
(B) Blake's

which one is the possessive form?

Voila! Blake's is the possessive form--so that's what we want.

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08 Jul 2011, 21:44
This is an issue of Comparison. The Comparison must always be logical.

In A you are comparing Shakespeare's sonnets with Blake- Wrong.
In B you are correctly Comparing Shakespeare's sonnets with those of Blake's.
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08 Jul 2011, 21:55
But I am using a pronoun "those" to show that I am talking about the sonnets and not Blake...? if we replace a pronoun with the intended noun, the sentence should still make sense. In this case, if I replace "those" with the intended noun- "sonnets", it makes sense and would result in circular pointer if I insert another "blake's" in the end. Hence, "blake's" should be redundant. Whats happening to me?!

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08 Jul 2011, 23:50
RohitKalla wrote:
A) Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of Blake.
B) Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of Blake's.

Which one is correct and why.

Also, Can anybody explain me clearly the difference between the preposition- toward and towards along with its usage? A few examples would b appreciated.

Are you sure B is the OA? 'A' looks better. B is redundant.

Shakespeare's sonnets are like Blake's. [Sonnet implicit]
Sonnets of Shakespeare are like those of Blake. [Sonnets of=those of]
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09 Jul 2011, 10:31
Yes it is B.. That's what I too asserted in my last reply.. but then.. correct is correct for a reason.. And I cant make it out...

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09 Jul 2011, 12:07
i chose B..why?
both looked correct to me. But the construction of B looked solid,hence chose B
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09 Jul 2011, 12:59
Thanks Zeke..
does the option 1 have anything wrong grammatically,because i find nothing wrong in it? any thoughts?
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10 Jul 2011, 01:58
Thanks Zeke ! That sure helps... but the pronoun logic still haunts me..! As in, I strongly feel the first ones are all wrong, but what exactly is wrong with them..?!
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10 Jul 2011, 08:04
Thanks Zeke for the explanation!
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26 Aug 2011, 17:38
It's A

I initialy guesed A because the prepostition "of" already indicates that Blake posses "those" using "Blake's" would be repetitive.
I found an example that has similar construction in the Manhattan SC guide on pg. 162:

Frank's build, like that of his brother, is broad and muscular.
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26 Aug 2011, 18:57
I feel A is correct here.

In B we are essentially saying
B) Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of Blake's sonnets => It sounds like Blake's sonnet's sonnets , because of the presence of "those".

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19 Sep 2011, 21:23
You can use Either The form of X or form X's.
Form of x's is incorrect ( because of concision and meaning ) and awkward .

Therefore , Shakespeare's sonnets are like those of Blake (Those ---sonnets )
sonnets of Shakespeare - can be written Shakespeare's sonnets (omission of is correct )It's a Noun-adjective phrase .

Hence, A is correct .
B is saying the same thing and grammatically correct ,but for the sake of concision We have to go for A.
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12 Dec 2014, 03:18
Second sentence is correct comparing Shakespeare's sonnets with Blake's sonnets.
First sentence seems to compare Shakespeare's sonnets with Blake.

Comparison should happen between similar commodities i.e. color with color, food with food etc.
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