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Those are all just fine. Imagine your boss’s husband’s sister’s hairdresser’s salon, for example. Those all just chain together. We don’t have to write the salon of the hairdresser of the sister of the husband of your boss in English, and really should avoid doing so. :)
This is weak (also called hidden or implied) pronoun reference, one of three/four errors in pronoun reference, so it should be fixed by substituting the latter with Mason. Avoid implied reference. Implied reference occurs when the antecedent is not stated; it may be a related word, a modifier, or a possessive form. ...
Write, "Remove the material of the friend I blocked."
Which sounds better to you regarding an effort requiring the strength and will of Hercules: For "The Great Gatsby", she generated hundreds of costumes in less than two weeks, a Herculean effort that might account for her irritation when the fashion press turned the spotlight on Ralph Lauren… - NYT She faces a Herculesean task of bringing up seven ...
"It" does not have a plural form in and of itself. The plural form of "it" is actually they/them: It (…), pron. [OE. it, hit, AS. hit; cf. D. het. … See He.] The neuter pronoun of the third person, corresponding to the masculine pronoun he and the feminine she, and having the same plural (they, their of theirs, them). &hand; The possessive form its is ...
I'm not going to do an exhaustive search of usage manuals -- and I don't think it's worth your while to either, because John and Jacks' house would mean the house belong to John and Jacks, where Jacks is the name of one person. (Perhaps it's a nickname.) So... nice idea, but I don't think it will fly.
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