Compound Constructions





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Compound Constructions :


This is different from the problem we confront when creating possessives with compound constructions such as daughter-in-law and friend of mine.

Generally, the apostrophe
-s is simply added to the end of the compound structure :

  • my daughter-in-law's car

  • a friend of mine's car.


  • If this sounds clumsy, use the
    of construction to avoid the apostrophe :

  • the car of a friend of mine


  • This is especially useful in pluralized compound structures: the daughters-in-law's car sounds quite strange, but it's correct.

    We're better off with the car of the daughters-in-law.


    Related Links :


  • Possessives with Gerunds


  • Possessives versus Adjectival Labels


  • Possessives of Plurals


  • Irregular Plurals


  • Holidays Showing Possession


  • Compound Possessives


  • Possessives Constructions


  • Compound Constructions


  • Possessives with Appositive Forms


  • Double Possessives







  • English Glossary Index




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