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    why the apostrophe? Arthur's

    Was there a motive at work under this strange reluctance of Arthur's which had a sort of backstairs influence, not admitted to himself?

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    Re: why the apostrophe? Arthur's

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    Was there a motive at work under this strange reluctance of Arthur's which had a sort of backstairs influence, not admitted to himself?
    It's a possessive apostrophe. The strange reluctance is Arthur's, it's Arthur's strange reluctance.

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    Re: why the apostrophe? Arthur's

    "An of-construction can be combined with a genitive to produce a construction known as the POST-GENITIVE (or 'double genitive'):
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    some friends of Jim's [some of Jim's friends]"

    Quirk et al (1985)
    Last edited by 5jj; 12-Nov-2010 at 18:27. Reason: typo

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