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    Default Double Genitive

    Hi, dear friends,
    I am asking you to clarify the usage of the Genitive.
    Mrs. Bliar has a son. Her son has a puppy.
    1. It is the puppy of Mrs.Bliarís son.
    2. It is Mrs. Bliarís sonís puppy.
    3. It is Mrs. Bliar sonís puppy.

    I know Iím safe with #1. Perhaps itís (a) better style and easier for listenersí brains. Are the others correct, too? Which is preferable?
    TIA

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    Default Re: Double Genitive

    2 is fine. I think 3 is wrong, though people might say it colloquially to be lazy.

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    Thanks, Tdol.

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