Gabriel
Possessive Hi, there

I was always told that, when using the genitive possessive 's, you should put articles or adjectives after the possessive. For example, if I want to say "two top aides to Trump", I should say "Trump's two top aides" and not "Two top Trump's aides". Likewise, if I want to say "the beautiful eyes of a woman", I should say "A woman's beautiful eyes", and not "A beautiful woman's eyes". Therefore, the adjectives referring to the noun after the possessive must also go after the possessive, right?

Then why do you sometimes come across things like "I just want to my Genuine Georgia's Best Peanut Brittle"...I heard this while I was watching the TV show "The Middle" and a guy from the southern US is buying peanut brittle. The way it's written, it looks like "the best peanut brittle of my genuine Georgia".... If genuine is referring to "peanut brittle", shouldn't they go after the apostrophe 's? Like my Georgia's best genuine peanut brittle"?

Thank you
May 3, 2018 8:45 PM
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Main question:
You have correctly written “Georgia's Best Peanut Brittle” with capitalization of the first letter of every word, because it is a brand name (Georgia refers to the state in the southeastern US). The entire phrase functions as a proper noun and cannot be broken up. “Authentic” does not refer to the peanut brittle (I’ve never heard of “fake peanut brittle”), but rather to the brand.


Side question:
A beautiful woman’s eyes = The eyes of a beautiful woman

A woman’s beautiful eyes = the beautiful eyes of a woman
May 3, 2018

OK a little complex. English is a beautiful and complex language, and there is a lot of flexibility in it.

"a woman's beautiful eyes' emphasises her eyes.

" A beautiful woman's eyes" emphasises the woman, the person who has the eyes.

"Trump's 2 top aids" emphasises the best 2 aids he has. "2 top Trump aids" could be any 2 people, but "T's 2 top aids" means the very best 2 he has. It is specific.

"I just want to my Genuine Georgia's Best Peanut Brittle". should be "I just want my ...." i.e. I just want to eat this food. 

You only have an apostrophe after Georgia, the person. The word, Genuine, is like a description, an adjective describing Georgia or the food. You only have one apostrophe, so it is after the person's name.

I don't know the food. I would say that Genuine refers to either the food (i.e. it's the genuine food of Georgia) or the person (i.e. the genuine Georgia, this Georgia and not another person called Georgia). It also seems that the whole name is a brand name, a trade name. So Genuine Georgia is the company, and so has an apostrophe at the end of the (entire) name.

May 3, 2018
Gabriel
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