Questions tagged [double-possessives]

For questions about using two different possessive markers, like “of Bob’s” or “of mine”. Also known as 'double genitives' or 'oblique genitives'.

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Double possessive case [duplicate]

I am studying the possessive case from here. The page explains there is also a double possessive, formed by: owned thing + of + owner + 's The first case is an indeterminative article: This is a ...
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Am I correct about possessives?

1 When you say about a bird in general, you say "This is a feather of a bird", you can also say "This is a bird's feather". a. So when you say "These are feathers of a bird", so will you say "These ...
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Was it Russell's and Whitehead's book?

Russell and Whitehead jointly published the famous book Principia Mathematica. Should we write "in Russell and Whitehead's Principia Mathematica", or rather "in Russell's and ...
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Do a demonstrative and a possessive pronoun make it offensive (if so, what is the alternative)?

In a Japanese Language question, I was informed that English construction such as That son of yours These cats of hers would have an extra offensive connotation outside of a neutral combination of ...
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The bike of Tom or the bike of Tom's - questions about possessives

I wonder which expression is correct in my examples. I know the better way to say them is "Tom's bike" and "Tom's home", but I am still curious about the form in the examples as it is quite common in ...
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"our important customer" vs. "important customer of ours"

Any difference between: "He is an important customer of ours" and: "He is our important customer"
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"Of someboy's" vs "of somebody."

I'm not a native English speaker so I wanted to ask about something that I always hear being said. The thing of somebody's. Is this right? Shouldn't it be this way? Somebody's thing. Or The ...
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Can you help me explain this?

1 When I say "This is a pig's trough.", so is the word "a" describing or attached to "pig" or "trough"? 2 When I say "This is the pigs' trough.", so is the word "the" describing or attached to "pigs" ...
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Double Possessive - two friends of hers

The train arrived at the station, and Paula got off. Two friends of hers, Jon and Rachel, were waiting to meet her. I understand why I should say 'a friend of hers' instead of 'her a friend'. But ...
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It's a book of my mother's

If we say: It's a book of my mother's How could this sentence be identified? Wrong, archaic, formal or something else?
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It's a car of my father's friend's

I read that we really could use the double possession like It's a car of my father's But somewhy we can't say: It's a car of my father's friend's Like, the triple possession? Is it true or we ...
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“Your face looks like my sister's friend face” or “my sister's friend”?

Which sentence should I use to show that she has the same face and should I use feature instead of face? "Your face looks like my sister's friend face" or just "Your face looks like my sister'...
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possessive ('s) used in the word "family"

Which of the following sentences is correct? He's a friend of my family. He's a friend of my family's.
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40 percent of X's Y: Is the percentage about X or Y?

Some 40 percent of people's "first memory" happened at an age when it wasn't possible to create memories. Source Context shows the percentage is about the people. The word memory, being singular, ...
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Why say "of x's" instead of "of x"?

I have often heard people say "x of his" or "x of mine". But since his and mine point out ownership, isn't using "of" here doubles that ownership? Wouldn't it be more appropriate to say "x of him" or "...
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What is the main noun in "a year's worth of learning" in the following sentence?

I wonder which noun in the phrase "a year's worth of learning" in the following sentence is the main noun of the phrase. If "a year's worth" is the main noun, then "of learning" should be a phrase ...
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Difficulties for Objects' Possessions (or Objects Prossession? What about Possessions of Objects?) [duplicate]

Well, as it is guessable from the title of the question, I have issues with possessions in general and for objects possession in particular. Here is my main concern, hope to get durable solutions: ...
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It's a question of the TOEIC test [closed]

Which is the correct answer? The president of Girou Electronics stated that the financial performance of the company was a personal responsibility of ... his himself he him
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Double possessives

I am confused with one question. I've been self-studying English for several time. But I've thought about does possessives have sneaky apects. Some days ago I faced with double possessive so I made ...
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Translating future statements

I've translated the next sentences: A brother of my friend's will have finished university by the summer and he is looking forward to teaching at school. Tomorrow he'll be working all the day and we'...
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Why is "son" possessive in "I should rather say a very particular friend of your son's."?

"I should rather say a very particular friend of your son's." Not "of your son"? Why should I use possessive case in this statement?
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the wife of the king of the Island or island king's wife?

How can I rewrite this sentence? 1- He gave a letter to the wife of the king of the Island. I can think of: 2- He gave a letter to the island king's wife. 3- He gave a letter to ...
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Which one sounds better? "of mine" or "my"

My friend (or "a friend of mine"?) told me that anytime I need to express such expression, it's always better to say "of mine", because it sounds more naturally. Like "two brothers of mine" rather ...
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Differences between "my sister's house"/"the house of my sister"/"a house of my sister's"

1. My sister's house 2. The house of my sister. 3. A house of my sister's. Am I right when assuming that the phrase 1 and 2 indicate that my sister owns or lives just in one house whilst the third ...
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Use of possessive case in a disjunction

what is the correct form? This It will be a pain to manage renewals without an automatic charge on your's or your customer's credit card. or this It will be a pain to manage renewals without ...
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The meaning of "this heart of mine"

I was wondering about difference between "my" and "of mine" and have found some posts that say: "my" is definite form and "of mine" is indefinite one. So, "of mine" is the same as "one of my". ...
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How do "Friend of P" and "Friend of P's" mean the inverse of each other?

I abbreviated Peter as P in the title for brevity; feel free to abbreviate thus. Please explain user Ed Staub's answer below, since it only seems to present this stance? To me, both 1 and 2 mean that ...
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Should I use " European Union's " or "European Union"?

Here are my constructions: As I said, I am present in territory of the European Union's , therefore, please contact me only via e-mail at [email address]. As I said, I am present in ...