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    #1

    Genetive

    Hello
    I'm wondering how I can express, using a genetive structure,
    the idea that Peter has a mother and his mother has a car.

    Which is correct:

    This is Peter's mother's car.
    This is the mother of Peter's car.

    Is it the case of double genetive? Which area of grammar should I refer to to study this issue.

    Thanks
    Arthur

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    #2

    Re: Genetive

    The first sentence is OK for informal use, but a little clunky.
    The second makes it sound like the car has a mother.

    Try "This is the car owned by Peter's mother."

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    #3

    Re: Genetive

    Arthur, note the spelling of genitive.

    Rover

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