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    Default an address of the poet('s)

    a) The ode begins with an address of the poet to the West Wind.
    b) The ode begins with an address of the poet's to the West Wind.
    c) The ode begins with the poet's address to the West Wind.


    Which of these sentences is correct and which sounds better?

    P.s: I know I could cut it short by saying The poet addresses... but I'd like to know if one of those forms is possible.

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    Default Re: an address of the poet('s)

    I prefer c), The ode begins with the poet's address to the West Wind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    I prefer c), The ode begins with the poet's address to the West Wind.
    Ditto

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    Default Re: an address of the poet('s)

    Thank you for replying.
    Which are gramatically correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    Thank you for replying.
    Which are gramatically correct?
    In my opinion, although the poet's address is correct, it is odd changing the phrase to use the possessive "of". "From" would work better in a). b) is incorrect.

    a) The ode begins with an address of the poet to the West Wind.
    b) The ode begins with an address of the poet's to the West Wind.
    c) The ode begins with the poet's address to the West Wind.



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    They looked odd to me too. That's why I posted it.
    I wondered whether they were gramatically correct or not since those sentences are built up just as the expression George's friend becomes a friend of George's if you are talking about a generic friend.
    But I feel it doesn't work here, am I right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Englishlanguage View Post
    They looked odd to me too. That's whay I posted it.
    I wondered whether they were gramatically correct or not since those sentences are built up just as the expression George's friend becomes a friend of George's if you are talking about a generic friend.
    But I feel it doesn't work here, am I right?
    Hi again,
    To be honest, I answered that b) was wrong because of my aversion to the "double possessive" (possessive of-phrase used with an apostrophe), which I have been told (and researched!) is completely acceptable. I had always been schooled that the apostrophe used to show possession as well as an of-phrase is redundant and therefore incorrect

    Anyway...a) seems/sounds awkward and often the "rules" around using "of" versus an "apostrophe" are vague and arbitrary. As a native speaker, if I have to think too hard about the meaning of the sentence, something's wrong
    Not very scientific I'm afraid, but I'm certain someone else will have something to say!

    Fiona

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