What is the possessive form of blocked when used as a verb. For example:

Remove the friend I blocked’s material.

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    What you have is fine — just like the Queen of England’s hat. The clitic applies to the entire noun phrase, not to the head noun.
    – tchrist
    Aug 24, 2015 at 21:23
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    It's technically OK but sounds sucky. School of Rock has the right idea.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 24, 2015 at 21:30
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    In case the crux of tchrist’s point was not clear: blocked is the past tense of the verb block in your sentence here, and verbal forms do not have possessive forms. Possession (also called the genitive) is a notion that does not apply to verbs, only to nominal elements (basically nouns and adjectives, but in English most particularly noun phrases). The possessive in your sentence does not apply to blocked, but to the entire noun phrase the friend I blocked. Aug 24, 2015 at 21:49
  • The terms 'grammatical' and 'fine' seem not to overlap precisely. Aug 24, 2015 at 22:06
  • Only a noun can have a genitive-s. You can't add a genitive-s to verbs or other word classes.
    – rogermue
    Aug 25, 2015 at 5:32

2 Answers 2


Write, "Remove the material of the friend I blocked."

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    This answer doesn't actually address OP's question. It's just (related) writing advice, which would have been better posted as a comment. Aug 24, 2015 at 22:42

There is a stylistic problem, as the reader needs to recognize instantly that you are using 'friend-I-blocked' as a phrase. It's not strictly comparable to 'Queen of England', where there is a noun at the beginning and end of the phrase and where the phrase is in any case well established.

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