Hypothetically, I want to buy several things and they're all broken except for one of them which is too expensive.

Are any of the following sentences that describe this scenario, grammatically sound?

The one-I-want-that's-not-broken's price is too high.

The one I want that's not broken's price is too high.

The one's-I-want-that's-not-broken price is too high.

The one's I want that's not broken price is too high.

The bottom two sound absolutely terrible, and regarding the top two, I can't help feeling that it's wrong to attach an apostrophe 's' to the end of an adjective.

I'm not looking for better ways to phrase this.

  • I'd reword for better clarity: "The price of the unbroken one is too high." Don Nov 24 '15 at 2:50
  • @rhetorician: So would I. I know it's badly worded; that's the point.
    – EmmaV
    Nov 24 '15 at 2:53

Your second alternative is grammatical, though it is hard to understand. Adding brackets to indicate the structure:

[The one I want that's not broken]'s price is too high.

A possessive can be formed by adding "'s" to a noun phrase, and here "the one I want that's not broken" is a noun phrase consisting of article "the" and noun "one" modified by two following relative clauses: "(that) I want" and "that's not broken".

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