The possessive forms in "one another's" or "each other's" seems awkward as the "s" is given to just one part of the phrase. Is there any other way to say such possessives.


Couples do not like to lose each other's trust.

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    Couples do not like to lose trust in each other. – Davo Oct 5 '17 at 18:11
  • Yes, but that is just an example. I want a way to use in different cases. And, first of all, do you agree that such possessives are awkward? – Sasan Oct 5 '17 at 18:13
  • I don't believe it's awkward, but just about every sentence can be reworded to avoid unwanted phrasing - in general. In your example, however, it's really the members of the couple who lose each other's trust - not the couple as a unit. A better example would be Teammates perform better when they have each other's trust. – Davo Oct 5 '17 at 18:27
  • @Davo But "to lose A's trust" does not mean the same as "to lose trust in A". And that is what I mean in the example. – Sasan Oct 5 '17 at 18:32
  • I have an additional question. Why does it sound extremely awkward to use one another as a subject? One another are good. – user231780 Oct 5 '17 at 18:34

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