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    Genitive case

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    What means this noun phrase:

    an old bird's nest

    An old nest of bird

    or

    A nest of an old bird.

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    We really need more context to be sure. The 'bird' might be a flying animal or , not very respectfully, a female human. The nest might be a small thing made of twigs and leaves or some form of human dwelling.

    an old bird's nest
    - This could be the home of an elderly bird, or the old home of a bird - among other things.

    an old nest of bird
    - This is not natural English.

    a nest of an old bird
    - this means what it says, though it could be a jocular reference to and old woman's home.

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    Re: Genitive case

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    We really need more context to be sure. The 'bird' might be a flying animal or , not very respectfully, a female human. The nest might be a small thing made of twigs and leaves or some form of human dwelling.

    an old bird's nest
    - This could be the home of an elderly bird, or the old home of a bird - among other things.

    an old nest of bird
    - This is not natural English.

    a nest of an old bird
    - this means what it says, though it could be a jocular reference to and old woman's home.
    Well, actually my doubt is if the adjective old modifiers nest or bird. Is it more natural to say old bird or old nest? Is elderly the properest adjective for an animal that is not young?

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    Re: Genitive case

    Quote Originally Posted by Elisāngela Lopes da Silva View Post
    Well, actually my doubt is if the adjective old modifiers nest or bird.
    As I wrote: an old bird's nest - This could be the home of an elderly bird, or the old home of a bird.
    Is elderly the properest most appropriate adjective for an animal that is not young?
    Not normally.

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    Re: Genitive case

    What means this noun phrase:
    What does this noun phrase mean?

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