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    OF vs 's

    I've seen these sentences:

    John bumped into a friend of his yesterday (1)

    and

    The second meeting of the commitee will be held on Friday (2)

    Why on sentence (1), they use his but on sentence (2), they use the commitee but not commitee's?

    I'm so confused

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    Re: OF vs 's

    Quote Originally Posted by belly_ttt View Post
    I've seen these sentences:

    John bumped into a friend of his yesterday (1)

    and

    The second meeting of the commitee will be held on Friday (2)

    Why on sentence (1), they use his but on sentence (2), they use the commitee but not commitee's?

    I'm so confused
    1...'in' sentence..., not "on".
    2..."committee" in "of the committee" is not possesssive.
    'The committee's second meeting will be held on Friday.' is possessive.


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    Re: OF vs 's

    How should people say:
    Have you heard the new idea of the boss's? But not " the second meeting of the committee's'?

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    Re: OF vs 's

    The word his functions as a modifier:

    1a. a friend of his Cf. a friend of his brother's
    1b. his friend Cf. his brother's friend
    The word committee functions as a noun:
    2a. the second meeting of the commitee
    2b. the committee's second meeting

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