The sentence below is a line from the movie Inglorious Basterds.

The Sergeant over there's wife just had a baby.

Is the use of the apostrophe correct? As this is almost my first time seeing an apostrophe placed after such a phrase which consists of a noun and then adverbs, I am not sure of that.

Any explanation will be appreciated. Thank you for your help.


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Possessive apostrophe-s attaches to the end of the noun phrase, not just the head noun. The noun phrase here is 'the Sergeant over there'. This sentence is correct but awkward.

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    Thank you for answering, Sydney. But may I ask you to explain a bit more about why it sounds awkward despite that it is correct? If it is not a good expression, then how can it be corrected? Is The wife of the Sergeant over there just had a baby correct? Commented Jun 29, 2019 at 16:47
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    It sounds awkward because the apostrophe-s which should be attached to 'Sergeant' (because it's the sergeant's wife) is instead attached to something else. Yes, it is almost always possible and almost always less awkward to reword using 'of'.
    – Sydney
    Commented Jul 1, 2019 at 11:34
  • Thank you for the continuous help. It has been a wonderful help. Commented Jul 2, 2019 at 19:54

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