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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