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    possessive, age, comma

    Hi!

    When setting off a person's age, one uses comma before and after:
    John, 18, lives in France.

    Is it proper to do the same when "John" is possessive? For example: John's, 18, shirt is white.

    Why/why not?
    Has this question been discussed in any literature?

    Regards, John

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    Re: possessive, age, comma

    Your version doesn't work. The only thing that can come between the possessive "John's" and the thing he possesses is an adjective. For example, "John's white shirt is now grey".

    The only neat way to do it is to say "18-year-old John's shirt is white". No commas are necessary.

    To keep the commas, you have to change the word order and lose the possessive - "John, 18, has a white shirt."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: possessive, age, comma

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Your version doesn't work. The only thing that can come between the possessive "John's" and the thing he possesses is an adjective. For example, "John's white shirt is now grey".

    The only neat way to do it is to say "18-year-old John's shirt is white". No commas are necessary.

    To keep the commas, you have to change the word order and lose the possessive - "John, 18, has a white shirt."
    Thank you for answering!
    Sorry to bother you, but do you know where to find any source on this topic? Has it been discussed in any literature?

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    Re: possessive, age, comma

    There is nothing much to discuss. It is John, not John's​, who is 18. It is as simple as that.

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