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Is it possible to make the following noun phrase possessive? a girl in pink's name (or a girl's in pink name? or a girl's name wearing pink?)

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    the noun phrase a girl in pink's name is syntactically valid, but it's awkward, and would rarely if ever be used by a native speaker. It's a very unusual meaning anyway (especially with the indefinite article a girl), but if we needed to refer to it at all, we'd call it the name of a girl in pink. Your other two suggestions are both syntactically invalid anyway, so just forget all three of them. Commented Oct 29, 2023 at 13:48
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    Yes. The boy in blue's father, the man in black's body, the Lady in Green's poem. Commented Oct 29, 2023 at 13:50
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    The name is neither pink nor wearing pink, so the last two make no sense. Commented Oct 29, 2023 at 13:53
  • @MichaelHarvey: But it's not so easy to cite examples with a girl in pink's..., a boy in blue's..., a Lady in Green's... ! :) Commented Oct 29, 2023 at 13:57
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    @Natalia - I found I want a gif of that girl in pink's face, and also the shooting probably saved that girl in pink's life. Commented Oct 29, 2023 at 14:05

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This is syntactically fine but not very nice.

Your challenge is to learn a girl in pink's name.

Your challenge is to learn the name of a girl in pink.

Both mean go and find a girl wearing pink and find out her name, but the second is easier to parse. The first version sounds almost cryptic.

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Not a native speaker, but anyway I feel that "the girl in pink's name" would be more acceptable (if it has been referred to before) because it there is a stronger indication that "the girl in pink" is the phrase in the possessive.

In "a girl in pink's name" the cohesion (is it cohesion?) seems weaker, so my first thought when I read the question was that "in pink's name" had to be some extravagant jocularly idiomatic variety of "in God's name". At least that was my spontaneous reaction.

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