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“A friend of Susan” vs. “a friend of Susan's” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it usually “friend of his”, but no possessive apostrophe with “friend of Peter”? I'm currently having hot debates with a friend of mine about which one is more natural ...
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Question Regarding Possessives with ('s) and (of) [duplicate]

Question: Is the first one redundant and proper, or is it redundant and not necessarily correct? (1) He is a friend of Doug's. (2) He is a friend of Doug.
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Are there other grammatical ways to say, “I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck's”? [duplicate]

I would like to ask why the following sentence is only possible according to grammatical rules: I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck's What's wrong with "I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck" or "I'm ...
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Usage of both apostrophe and “of” together [duplicate]

I was reading Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and noticed following sentence: About those boots of Ralph Paton’s. It is really in old (old as in early or mid twentieth century) ...
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If I were to say I was a former student of somebody, would I add an apostrophe s after their name? [duplicate]

If I were to say that I was a former student of a particular person (for this purpose let's pretend his/her name is Eve), would I add an apostrophe s to the name because I would be referring to them ...
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“A friend of my father” vs. “a friend of my father's” — which one is right? Why? [duplicate]

I have seen them both in my reference book, which is written by a native speaker. I wonder why there are two different phrases to describe the same meaning and am looking forward to some reasonable ...
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My vs Mine confusion [duplicate]

Is it "They are friends of my son and I" or is it "They are friends of my son and me" or is it this which I think correct "They are friends of mine and my son"?
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Double possessive: a friend of Steven's [duplicate]

I am wondering about the "double possessive" I have been reading about. I have a couple of sentences as an example: He’s a new client of Jane and Kevin’s and a close childhood friend of Steven O’...
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like that of + possessive noun [duplicate]

I came across this sentence: "His memory was like that of a baby." I was wondering why the possessive "baby's" wasn't used and why "baby" is acceptable whereas the possessive form is required in ...
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How to make the genitive of a person's name with “OF”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it usually “friend of his”, but no possessive apostrophe with “friend of Peter”? We built an engine for the boat of Mr. Sander or We built an ...
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Why is the double possessive grammatically correct in the sentence, “Joe is a friend of Jim's”? [duplicate]

I've read a bit about the reason for using the double possessive but there are still a few aspects that don't work for me: If the difference between "Joe is a friend of Jim's" and "Joe is a friend of ...
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I get so confused in possessive pronouns [duplicate]

Can you please correct these sentences. 1.Can I click a picture of yours. 2.Do you know the email address of John's? 3.I think of both of yours betterment. 4.You are a friend of John's.
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How to use possessive case in the following sentences? [duplicate]

We can say: the smell of it Can we say: the arrival of him the son of me And we can't say: a suggestion of Mr. Smith (should be Mr.Smith's, right?) Can we say: a suggestion of Mr. Smith ...
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Proper use of 's? [duplicate]

What would be grammatically correct? Would I need to use 's after "Supreme Court"? ...overruled a prior decision of the Supreme Court, defined in the... or ...overruled a prior decision of the ...
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Possessive of name? [duplicate]

He was a friend of Mike. He was a friend of Mike’s. Which one is correct, and why? Thank you.

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