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    #1

    three cousins

    Which are correct:

    1) I met three cousins of John.
    2) I met three cousins of John's.

    Meaning: I met three of John's cousins.

    3) Tim met the four cousins of John.
    4) Tim met the four cousins of John's.
    Meaning: Tim met John's four cousins.

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    #2

    Re: three cousins

    If John has only three cousins, say "Tim met John's three cousins". If he has more than three but Tim met only three of them, say "Tim met three of John's cousins".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: three cousins

    I agree with Emsr2d2, but 2) is OK to me.

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    #4

    Re: three cousins

    In both cases, the sentences you wrote as "Meaning" are superior to the others.

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    #5

    Re: three cousins

    Thank you all very much.

    Yes, the meaning sentences are doubtlessly better.
    But I saw a book, the title of which was:
    Four Films of Woody Allen

    https://books.google.com/books?id=Bs...btBsMQ6AEIMTAB

    That was what brought the questions up in my head.

    I don't think the title of the book could be considered wrong. I don't suppose 'Four of Woody Allen's Films' would be a good title. But would 'four films of Woody Allen' work in a normal sentence?

    A) I have seen four films of Woody Allen.

    It doesn't sound too good, I guess.

    In any case, that was where the question came from.

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    #6

    Re: three cousins

    "Four of Woody Allen's films"would work better for a normal sentence, but the other would be okay for a title.

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    Re: three cousins

    Not a teacher

    I can tell you that as a native we say "I met three cousins of John's" in normal speaking. Is this correct? By ear, yes. By grammatical analysis? -- someone here will prove me wrong. It may just be that the that sound "John's" is more due to the way we speak. Abruptly cutting off the sound "of John" is harsh.

    Are there other ways to say it? Of course, those have been presented above. But do we say them that way? Hardly ever.

    Hope that helps.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 06-Feb-2016 at 09:38. Reason: Adding 'Not a teacher'.

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