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- Jun 9, 2011
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Generally, I'm a competent writer, but it recently occurred to me that I might not be using a particular, metaphoric device of simile correctly. For example, which is correct?
Its sound was that of an approaching train.
Its sound was that of an approaching train's.
In other words: His wont was that of a beggar (or beggar's?). . . .
Go for the first one. The train is an analogy. It "possesses" nothing... And it's clear you're talking about the one to one equivalence of the sound.