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."


    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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