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    Genitive

    Hi

    I'm writing a sentence containing: my sister's fiance's parents... How would you write that?

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    Re: Genitive

    Welcome to the forum, Jette.

    The way you have written it is fine, though I'd probably write 'The parents of my sister's fiancé'.

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    Re: Genitive

    I don't actually think we have a word in English to describe somebody's sister's fiancé's parents, so the sentence would have to contain the whole phrase. For example: "My sister's fiancé's parents are coming over for dinner this evening."

    Your sister could refer to them as "my future parents-in-law."

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    Re: Genitive

    Thanks
    My own thought was that "The parents of my sister's fiancé" sounded the best.

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    Re: Genitive

    Quote Originally Posted by JetteLF View Post
    Thanks
    My own thought was that "The parents of my sister's fiancé" sounded the best.
    I agree.

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    I disagree. "My sister's fiancé's parents" is just fine.

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    Yep, as is My parents' parents' names..., which you'd normally say as My grandparents' names... . I think it's all about the style that one favours over the other. A couple of genitives used subsequently may be awkward to some.

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    Re: Genitive

    I agree that it's all style and preference. I prefer "My sister's fiancé's parents".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree that it's all style and preference. I prefer "My sister's fiancé's parents".
    There is nothing wrong with that. It can get awkward after 2, however. I found my sister's fiancé's parent's dog's bone.

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    Re: Genitive

    Well, using the-of construction can lead to the same point of awkwardness, though I found the bone of the dog of the parents of my sister's fiance.

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