Possessives with Appositive Forms

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Possessives with Appositive Forms :

When a possessive noun is followed by an
appositive, a word that renames or explains that noun, the apostrophe +s is added to the appositive, not to the noun.

When this happens, we drop the comma that would normally follow the appositive phrase.

  • We must get Joe Bidwell, the family attorney's signature.

  • Create such constructions with caution, however, as you might end up writing something that looks silly:

  • I wrecked my best friend, Bob's car.

  • You're frequently better off using the "of-genitive" form, writing something like "We must get the signature of Joe Bidwell, the family attorney" and "I wrecked the car of my best friend, Bob."

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  • 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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