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The second meeting of the committee's is incorrect as it has a repeated genitive form.
I believe "He is a friend of my father's " is correct. May I know whether it is also a case of repeated genitive form?
Thanks, Naamplao, for your response. I know both the following sentences are correct. What I want to know is whether both sentences involve repeated genitive form.
1. The second meeting of the committee's is incorrect as it has a repeated genitive form.
2. He is a friend of my father's. (Is this sentence also a case of repeated genitive form.)
The meaning of the double genitive is usually not much different from an ordinary genitive or a noun phrase with a possessive determiner (that car of his = his car). Sometimes the double genitive means 'one out of several' or 'some out of many' (a friend of mine / of Mary's = one of my/Mary's friends, some friends of mine / of Mary's = some of my/Mary's friends or just my/Mary's friends).See also World Wide Words: Double possessive
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