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Dear Ted:

Which of the following is grammatically correct: "the table leg," "the leg of the table" or "the table's leg"?

Again, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following is grammatically correct: "the table leg," "the leg of
the table" or "the table's leg"?

TRADITIONALLY CORRECT:  the table leg OR the leg of the table
[Some people see "the table leg" as an entity by itself.  No possession is being shown, because you are talking about the LEG and not the TABLE.]

FOR CASUAL AND INFORMAL USAGE:  the table's leg

Ted

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