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    repeated genitive form

    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?

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    Re: repeated genitive form

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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.
    He is a friend of my father's is certainly said in speaking English. But I think that He is one of my father's friends is better and clearer written English

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    Re: 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.)

    Thanks.

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    Re: repeated genitive form

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    2. He is a friend of my father's. (Is this sentence also a case of repeated genitive form.)
    See here DOUBLE GENITIVE. The Columbia Guide to Standard American English. 1993

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    Re: repeated genitive form

    Thanks, Soup.

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    Re: 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).

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    See also World Wide Words: Double possessive

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    Re: repeated genitive form

    Thank you very much for the link.

    Best wishes.

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    You're welcome.

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