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31 Mar 2019 — Friends of us

 

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Old blue bathroom from the sixties

Friends of us in the neighborhood are planning a bathroom remodel.

 

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No change.

Friends of us in the neighborhood are planning a bathroom remodel.

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Change friends of us to friends of ours.

Friends of ours in the neighborhood are planning a bathroom remodel.

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Change friends of us to friends of me and Jack.

Friends of me and Jack in the neighborhood are planning a bathroom remodel.

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Change friends of us to friends of Jack and mine.

Friends of Jack’s and mine in the neighborhood are planning a bathroom remodel.

 

GLOSSARY

remodel (N) – the updating of a construction of some type.

of (P) – genitive; expresses some kind of relationship: (1) has body parts, (2) has kin relation, (3) has married relation, (4) has a superior, (5) has a subordinate, (6) has an equal [peer], (7) is a member, (8) is a performer of, (9) is a creator of, (10) is owner of, (11) has human property, (12) has feeling, (13) is recipient of, (14) is human topic of, (15) is undergoer of, (16) is location of, (17) is time of, (18) is natural source of, (19) is inherent part of, (20) has cause, (21) has result, (22) has associated part, (23) has non-human property .  (Genitive Meanings)

See Huddleston and Pullum 474

 

Two nouns as a unit. Closely linked nouns are considered a single unit in forming the possessive when the entity "possessed" is the same for both; only the second element takes the possessive form.  — Chicago Manual of Style 7.24-6  and MLA 3.2.7d

 

SOURCES

Huddleston, Rodney D., and Geoffrey K. Pullum. "Genitives as complements." (472-4) The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge UP, 2002.

Payne, Thomas Edward.  "The GP Hypothesis." (8.3) Understanding English Grammar: A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge UP, 2011.

Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2005. (p. 405, 443)

 

STYLE MANUALS

Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed., U of Chicago P, 2010.

MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

 

IMAGE

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