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Questions tagged [double-possessive]

for questions about using two different possessive markers, like “of Bob’s” or “of mine”

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Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?

One of the answers to this question states that "We shall discuss it in our today's meeting" is grammatically correct. To me, that sentence is clearly wrong. While in today's meeting is fine and in ...
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Why is it usually “friend of his”, but no possessive apostrophe with “friend of Peter”?

As this NGram shows, we nearly always use the possessive form of personal pronouns for friend of mine/his/ours/etc. But when it comes to actual names, we prefer friend of Peter without the possessive ...
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Possessive of a word that is already possessive

If the cricket ground Lord's is a possessive, what if you want to describe something belonging to Lord's? Would you say: I was very impressed by Lord's's customer services. It doesn't look right, ...
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Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?

I think friend of mine can be translated to my friend. In that case, doesn't friend of me make more sense? If we translate friend of mine to one of my friends then I guess friend of mine makes sense ...
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Why 'a friend of mine' is not 'my friend's friend'?

I have some questions about the expression "a friend of mine" and I'm quite confused with it. Actually I have found some threads about this topic but they don't hit my point. I'm not a native English ...
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Why use apostrophe-s to denote possession when using 'of'

Think of the simple phrase "Bill's friend". If you were going to turn this around using the preposition 'of' would you say: A friend of Bill's or A friend of Bill It appears to me that, in the US ...
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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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Why do we say “of mine/of his” instead of “of me/of him”?

He's a friend of mine. That's a car of his. Why do we use the possessive when the meaning would be the same while not using it (e.g. a friend of me and a car of him)? I thought maybe it is short ...
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Plural possessive with separate posessions

When we refer to a house that belongs to a family, we say "family's house". Pluralizing family gives us "families". Referring to the houses of several families, we say "families' houses". Forming the ...
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St. John's greatest dinner: how to indicate a possessive of a noun which already ends apostrophe - s [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If the cricket ground Lord's is a possessive, what if you want to describe something belonging to Lord's? Here's a tricky one that I can't quite figure out the correct ...
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A friend of John's / John's friend

The question: Suppose John is my friend, and I am introducing myself to his brother, should I say "I am a friend of John's" or "I am John's friend" ?? I would use the former, but some ...
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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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Possessive apostrophe for owner of owner of owner of

I've read Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities and "Nikki's and Alice's X" vs. "Nikki and Alice's X", but my ...
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Alternative for double genitive in “the author's master's thesis”

Im my PhD thesis I'm referring to my master's thesis. Avoiding first person, I would refer to it as "the/this author's master's thesis", but the double genitive s sounds clumsy to me. Are there ...
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The house of a friend of Bob’s

How do I say (a friend of Bob’s)’s house? It’s like a double possesive. Bob’s friends are a class of people. Tom, a friend of Bob’s denotes that he is one among Bob’s friends. Now what if I want to ...
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The use of “that of” and an apostrophe

Here is my sentence: "Julia's experience is similar to that of Robert's." Would it be correct to put an apostrophe ('s) after Robert?
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Possessive of a possessive [duplicate]

There is a sign at my work that says "Join the fight for Alzheimer's first survivor" and I am wondering about the use of "Alzheimer's" here. They are not reffering to a survivor of Alzheimer, they are ...
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Why is “Two friends of my parents' have just left…” grammatically correct?

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 ...
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When and why we use double-genitive with respect to the word 'of'?

I wanted to know why and when to use double-genitive. So for example why can't we use 'I am a fan of YOU' instead of 'I am fan of YOURS'. This is so as using the word 'of' itself meant that the noun ...
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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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Double genitive

Which of the following is grammatical? That action would not increase my satisfaction, but the one of my driver's. That action would not increase my satisfaction but my driver's one I ...
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A friend of Jane and Tom or A friend of Jane and Tom's?

We can say: She's a friend of mine. She's a friend of Tom's. She's a friend of my parents'. But today I saw this: She's a friend of Jane and Tom. Is it correct? Or should it be: She's a friend of ...
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Isn’t the expression, "I'm not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich's having served under him for four years” confusing?

I found the following line in today’s (December 4) Time magazine article titled, Coburn Speaks Up: “On "Fox News Sunday," Sooner State Sen. tells Chris Wallace he would have trouble supporting ...
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“his” may be more suitable but why is “him” not ok ? [duplicate]

Consider the following : A friend of him came here yesterday. A friend of his came here yesterday. My question is which one is acceptable. If both are acceptable, do they have any difference in ...
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Is it correct to say “a friend of X and mine” if both X and I know each other and the friend?

As I understand it, if X and Y independently have the same friend Z, we should write Z is a friend of X's and Y's but if X and Y collectively have Z as a friend (e.g., X and Y are a couple), then ...
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friend of the familyname's or familynames [duplicate]

Is it "John is a friend of the Smith's." or "John is a friend of the Smiths." ? Thank you for your answer :)
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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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Double Posessive Usage [duplicate]

In the following instances of possessive, genitive: 1) It has taken Dan's father's breath away. Is the possessive grammatically, correctly used? or should it be: It has taken Dan's father ...
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Use of the possessive

Is the possessive apostrophe "s" added to family? "I am a friend of Conor's and his family. vs I am a friend of Conor's and his family's?
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What's the difference between “a picture of the king” and “a picture of the king's”? [closed]

A picture of the king. A picture of the king's. What exactly is the difference between the two?
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I have this sentence: 'They were no longer afraid of losing the respect of their colleagues.' Do I need an apostrophe after 'colleagues' or not?

I'm not sure if you can possess respect. I think if I had worded it differently, such as 'They were no longer afraid of losing their colleagues' respect' I wouldn't have a problem with the apostrophe, ...
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Rule governing of and apostrophe in the same sentence [duplicate]

A paragraph on the Wikipedia page on Gerolamo Cardano begins thus: The title of a work of Cardano's, published in 1552 ... I believe this to be the correct usage, although I wonder if The ...
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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) ...