I have a question regarding the possessive. Which one of the two is correct?

  1. Caroline's car
  2. Caroline her car

Or are they both correct?

  • In what sense is #2 considered a possessive? Are you referring to appositives?
    – Lawrence
    May 25, 2018 at 11:26
  • Perhaps you will get better answers at ell.stackexchange.com ...
    – GEdgar
    May 25, 2018 at 11:58
  • #1 is correct. #2 sounds not quite wrong to me, but rather odd. Like the literal translation of very colloquial German: Karoline ihr Auto. Not sure that works in English. May 25, 2018 at 12:19
  • 3
    I've come across this form in Elizabethan music titles {eg My Lord Chamberlain, His Galliard}, but I'm pretty sure it's obsolete. May 25, 2018 at 13:13

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Caroline her car is not idiomatic in the everyday English prose of today. It was idiomatic, to some extent, hundreds of years ago. Today, some folks might say or write it to be quaint or poetic. As a learner, you shoud stick with #1 until you reach the advanced level, and even then you may have no need of #2 unless you have need to write in an outdated style.


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