jueves, 24 de septiembre de 2015

Saxon Genitive ( 's ) - Possession

Saxon Genitive ( 's ) - Possession


 We use this form to express possession or relationship when talking about people.
Phoebe has a cat = This is Phoebe's cat
The leg of the chair
The leg of the sheep
Paul's leg

singular noun  My father's car
plural noun  My parents' house
singular ending in "s" or similar sound  Your boss's office / Alice's book (pronounced: /bɒsɪz/ /ælɪsɪz/)
plural not ending in "s"  The children's room

 The "Person" may be a phrase:
That is the man next door's wife  (Person= the man next door)
Paul and Mary's dog
Henry the Eighth's six wives
Paul and Mary's dog = Paul and Mary have a dog, his name is Tobby
Paul's and Mary's dogs = Paul has a dog called Tobby, and Mary has a dog called Dodo

     But if the "Person" is a long phrase or sentence, we prefer the construction with OF
         This is the office of Mary and her new boyfriend
         That's the house of the man who was talking to you at the party
     A Saxon genitive can also be the "Person" of another Saxon genitive
        This is Monica's son's toy    (the toy of Monica's son)
        My brother's wife's name is Karen

 Careful with the article!
We only use the article with the Person if the Person has an article:
That's THE BOSS  That's THE BOSS's car
That's PETER  That's PETER's car  (not: That's the Peter's car)