I just trying to solve this, but my English is not so good. Could anyone help me? Why is the letter a) correct?
thanks a lot in advance

Complete the following sentence: "Two ________ have just left for Argentina".

a) friends of my parents'
b) my parents' friends
c) friends of my parents
d) friends' my parents

  • Try to Google "double possessive" and read the links. If you still don't understand it, please edit with what you understand and what you don't.
    – user140086
    Jun 26, 2016 at 7:30
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    Hint #1: "friends of my parents" = "my parents' friends", and "Two friends of my parents" = "Two of my parents' friends". Hint #2: Option (a) is not correct.
    – Sven Yargs
    Jun 26, 2016 at 8:06
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    now i've understood the sentence , i didn't know "double possessive" .. thank you ranthony for your time!
    – iamgiulio
    Jun 26, 2016 at 8:15
  • @Sven Yargs According to articles in the implied links of Rathony's, the double possessive should not be labelled 'not correct'. Jun 26, 2016 at 23:43

1 Answer 1


It is questionable whether letter a) should be correct. I would argue that the answer is, in fact, c)

Two friends of my parents

The possessive apostrophe in parents' which answer a) contains, is redundant. We have the preposition "of" which tells us that the "owners" of these two friends are the speaker's parents, i.e. the parents of the speaker.

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