Means, my cousin is the son of the brother of my father. For objects, there are other ways to express the possessive case: The object as adjective adjectival genitive. The noun in second position is the thing which "belongs" to the noun. Refers to the door of the car. Refers to the roof of the church. This structure is also used to say what type an object or a person is.
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Richard Nordquist is professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Georgia Southern University and the author of several university-level grammar and composition textbooks. Some linguists argue that the double genitive is not a true genitive but rather a type of partitive construction. In The Careful Writer , Theodore Bernstein noted that " Grammarians have argued over the origin and nature, but not the validity, of the double genitive with the fervor of hot-stove league fans rehashing a Word Series play.
Grammarians differ as to the origin and explanation of the construction, but they do not question its well-established legitimacy. Grammarians since C18 have puzzled over the way the construction iterates the of genitive with a genitive inflection on the following pronoun or personal noun.
A subtle difference. It seems that the addition of -s to. Greg is a way of focusing attention on [this person] as having a more active role in the relationship being expressed.
The extra marking is not overkill in this case. Cambridge University Press, Purists and Language Liberals "A good many of us do use some double genitives and do not notice that they are double. Some language liberals argue that in informal and casual contexts the double genitive is idiomatic and not overkill, but few editors of Standard English will be likely to let it stand in formal writing.
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