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  • Chapter 8. Person and Case (Cont'd...)


    8.2.1 Rules of forming possessive / genitive case (cont'd...)

  • When nouns joining by and possessing the same, the ’s must be used after the last noun. such as: Ram and Rahim’s house, i.e. the house of Ram and Rahim. Both of them possessing the same house. But if they possess the different house, both of the nouns should take ’s after them.
  • Double possessives are used to mean one of many things of the same kind. A picture of my brother’s, i.e. my brother has many pictures and this is one of them.
  • Nouns denoting house, shop, ship, cathedral, school etc. may be omitted after the possessive case of noun, if they have been previously used. Thus: I went to St. Paul’s (cathedral). He has gone to tailor’s (shop). But such nouns cannot be omitted after possessive pronouns. As for example: I shall be at your house by 1 P.M.
  • When the duplicate possessive forms mine, ours, theirs, yours, hers, thine are used, their objects are omitted. For example: This book is mine ( This book is (my book)).

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