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I just got all jummed up with the possessive case 's and the English articles in examples that go like this:
the butcher's boy
the Attorney-General's husband
the cat's whiskers
the Masons' dog
From the expressions a dollar's worth or some people's eyesas they mean it is worth a dollar (one dollar) and the eyes of some people, I figured that the article in the first fourth expressions should refer to the second noun. But what happens if we rearrange these expressions? It is most evident in the first and fourth example:
? boy of the butcher
the husband of the Attorney-General (there can be only one)
the whiskers of the cat (formed circle)
? dog of the Masons (the must go with Masons, because we are talking of a family)
Does the article -- whichever it is -- refer to the first noun ended with an apostrophe, or the second? If the article applies to the second one what are the missing articles? Is there any rule for this?
Sorry, I don't understand.
You do confirm that there is a difference between the understanding and assigning of the articles in constructions a dollar's worth and the butcher's boy even if they look alike?
So if boy is defined by butcher and the article the referres to boy, the rearranged expresion should look like this the boy of a butcher, because butcher is not specified????