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    Default word combinations with possessives/of

    Hello,

    One of the questions from a test asks students to make a three-word combination using the possessive form and/or the preposition 'of'; students are also supposed to use articles. I found the following word string a bit strange; it reads

    friends, cars, nephew

    Is the most natural combination

    the nephew's friends' cars (the artcile here refers to 'nephew', doesn't it?)
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    (the) cars of the nephew's friends (again, the article refers to 'nephew')
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    I'd definitely use the pronoun before 'nephew', but I have to stick to the task.

    Thank you!

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    Default Re: word combinations with possessives/of

    The friend's nephew's cars is ugly, but possible, if the nephew has more than one car.

    The cars of his friend's nephew is better.

    You can change 'friend' and 'nephew' round.

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    Default Re: word combinations with possessives/of

    I'm afraid I can't, as there's more than one friend.

    It would be strange if 'friends' had one nephew (unless they are brothers )

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    Default Re: word combinations with possessives/of

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    I'm afraid I can't, as there's more than one friend.

    It would be strange if 'friends' had one nephew (unless they are brothers )
    Sorry, I missed that.

    You can still have your original:


    the nephew's friends' cars (the article here refers to 'nephew', doesn't it?). Yes

    The second appears better as: the cars of his nephew's friends - you still have one article,
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