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    Talking of+possessive vs of

    Dear teacher,
    what is the difference between "a friend of my sister" and "a friend of my sister's" ?
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    Re: of+possessive vs of

    Many people say both to say the same thing, "my sisterīs friend." However, the second one is gramatically incorrect.


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    Re: of+possessive vs of

    a friend of my sister's is the structure " of+possessive " and it is mentioned in my grammar book. So why do you say that it is gramatically incorrect?

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    Re: of+possessive vs of

    If it's it your book, I must be wrong. Sorry.

    I've heard it said, and even say it myself...but every time I hear it I think to myself, that must be wrong because it is redundant (a friend of my sister = my sister's friend). In fact, you hear the second one more often than the first.

    If there's a term for it in your book then I stand corrected. And as far as there being any difference, I don't think there is (though I'm nervous to comment any more on the matter!).

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    Re: of+possessive vs of

    There is a long thread on this already - at least one, I should say.

    You can look up "double genitive" or "double possessive." See this entry, for example: double genitive. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.

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