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Is it correct to say That's Ralph problem ?

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    No, but you aren't missing much; just a possessive to go with "Ralph."

    So instead of it being "That's Ralph problem." it would be, "That's Ralph's problem."

    Because, who's problem is it? Ralph's problem. Who does the problem belong to? Ralph.

    Hope this helps^^ Have a nice day!


    Ah, almost. Don't be discourage it is a very common mistake. (even native English speakers mess this up from time to time).

    When you want to put an s on the end of it, it means one of two things:

    1) It indicates possession: The dog knocked over its dish.

    This is because of
    Rule number nine. Its in this case, is like "his or hers" or yours. It acts as a possessive pronoun, and thus does not need an apostrophe. (We do not know if the dog is male or female, so we refer to it as it.).

    Better example: What do you think of the house. Its colour is too dark.

    2) It is a contraction for (it is): It's the dog's dish.

    What do you think of the house? It's too dark in colour. It's coloured too darkly. (It is too dark in colour. It is coloured too darkly.)

    So in this case, we do the check are we using 's to shortform is?
    That's Ralph problem.

    That is Ralph problem.

    Okay good, but what about Ralph? Whose problem is it? Ralph. However, Ralph is not a possessive pronoun like his, hers, yours. So we need to take Ralph and put an 's on him.

    That's Ralph's problem.


    That is Ralph's problem.

    Does that help. You have to use 's to indicate that something is a contraction for is, or to indicate possession. Except when it's a possessive pronoun already (usually easy to spot, his, hers, yours). Except for it's and its, where its is like (his or hers), only for objects without a gender. If you can master that part, than the rest of the concept should flow easily.

    There are some other rules, that people debate. Some people argue about whether it's The Jones' house, or The Jones's house, and such, but as long as you are consistent, you should be okay.

    Tom: Can you lend $50 to Ralph?

    Mona: No, I can't.

    Tom: But he really needs the money. If he can't borrow $50, he won't be able to buy any gasoline for his car.

    Mona: That's Ralph's problem. / That's his problem.

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