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    #11

    Re: One of my friend's name is totally opposite to his personality.

    The apostrophe goes after the entire noun phrase that the possession relates to, which is one of my friends. This of course refers to a single individual (one friend), which is what you mean.

    So for that reason, One of my friends' name is opposite to his personality is a correct written form. However, it doesn't sound very good like that, which is why we suggest changing it to The name of one of my friends is opposite to his personality. Notice that when written in this way no possessive apostrophe is needed, because of is used.

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    #12

    Re: One of my friend's name is totally opposite to his personality.

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I know a really lovely fellow called Dick.

    These are all examples of inaptronymy, apparently.
    Is Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (the fear of long words) an example of inaptronymy?

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