Unit 3.2

Possessive Case with Double Genitive

Noun Phrase

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Introduction

The possessive form is used to talk about things that belong to a person, object or animal.

The double genitive occurs when we find two possessives together in the same sentence.

Form

We form the possessive case with double genitive by putting the preposition of before a noun which also takes apostrophe and -s (‘s).

Its structure in the sentence is:
Subject + verb + (object) + of + noun + possessive (‘s)…
Subject + verb + (object) + of + possessive pronoun

{See Possessive Case, A1 Level}

Example

  • This is a cousin of George‘s.
  • Winnie-the-Pooh is a friend of Piglet‘s.
  • It’s the password of Mark‘s.
  • The postman is a neighbour of mine.
  • This is the SIM card of hers.
  • It is the keyboard of theirs.

Use

We use the possessive case with double genitives when we find two possessives together in the same sentence to clarify the relation of possession.

Summary

We find the possessive case with double genitive in the same sentence to clarify the relation of possession.

The structure is:

We start with the subject followed by a verb (and potentially by an object) followed by of and a noun in the possessive case (‘s). We can also start with the subject followed by a verb (and potentially by an object) followed by of and a possessive pronoun.

For example:
— “Alfonso is a friend of Miriana’s.” = There are two possessives in this sentence: of and ‘s. Therefore we call this structure the double genitive.
“This is the SIM card of hers.” =  There are two possessives in this sentence: of and the possessive pronoun hers.
♦ “This is his password.” = When there is a possessive pronoun (e.g. him), we do not add the second possessive.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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