General Writing and Grammar Help/My boss prying eyes

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Dear Ted:

Is the following sentence grammatically correct?

I couldn't get past my boss prying eyes when I was napping at my desk.

What about "I couldn't get past my boss's prying eyes when I was napping at my desk"?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

I couldn't get past my boss prying eyes when I was napping at my desk.

What about "I couldn't get past my boss's prying eyes when I was napping at my desk"?

The second sentence is correct.  You must indicate possession in reference to the eyes of your boss.

Ted

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