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Hi

Is there any difference between between A) and B)? Please explain the difference by giving examples?

a) mountain
plants

b) mountain's plants

Thanks

Answer
Mountain plants are plants that typically grow in mountain areas - it can be that they grow in the Himalayan mountains or in  the Rocky mountains.

Mountain's plants are the plants growing on a specific mountain. I'd be more inclined to use "the plants on this mountain" instead of "mountain's plants" but both expressions are OK.

Ex:

Mountain plants have to face some very harsh conditions in order to survive: cold temperature, strong winds, rocky soil and thin air.


This brochure describes the importance and uniqueness of xxx Mountain's plants and animals.

Xxx Mountain's native plants are typically dark green with tiny blue flowers.

I hope this helps.

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