double genitive


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double genitive

n.
A phrasal construction in English in which possession is indicated by the word of followed by the possessive form of a noun or pronoun, as in a relative of mine or a friend of Pat's. Also called double possessive. See Usage Note at of.

dou′ble posses′sive


n.
a possessive construction consisting of a prepositional phrase with of containing a substantive in the possessive case, as of father's in She is a friend of father's. Also called double genitive.
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Cloth, $42.50; paper, $18.95--The phrase "crisis of historicism" referred to in the title of Bambach's book occurs as a double genitive: it is both the crisis posed by historicism that threatens the continued vitality of the "positivist" natural and human sciences, and the crisis within historicism itself, experienced as a conflict between the relativism integral to historicism and the desire for objectivity.
It is well-known that the so-called double genitive, or the post-genitive, occurs where the noun phrase following the preposition is definite and human (Quirk et al.
Fraenkel reads [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], seeing no difficulty with the double genitive: what is brought is an [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] which is also a [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] of her [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
119 Firstly (e); 119 upon for on (e); 122 such that (e); 127 management who know (p); 129 split infinitive (p); 130 double genitive (p); 130 but from the educated consensus (?); 135 unanimous (e).
The same is true for pronouns: |a story of his.'" Or, as in our colleague's inquiry, "a friend of mine." Words Into Type adds, "|Bell is a friend of his' is correct but |Ben is a friend of him' is not." Also called double genitive, the d.