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How do I use the possessive case in this sentence? Hi everybody, are the following sentences correct? "In his picture I was in Sicily at my aunt Lidia's" "In this picture I was in Sicily at my aut Lidia and my uncle Roberto's" the idea I want to communicate is that I was a guest in their house, but I have doubts about the use of the possessive case .. Thanks a lot for your help!
Feb 7, 2016 9:34 PM
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In this picture I was in Sicily at my aunt Lidia's <= correct In this picture I was in Sicily at my aunt Lidia and uncle Roberto's. Where there is joint ownership, only the last person gets the possessive _'s. You don't need to use the possessive pronoun twice.
February 7, 2016
You are right. The possessive form [ name + apostrophe + 's] refers to the home of that person. It's the equivalent of the Italian 'da'. Note that if you have two names, only the second one takes the apostrophe+s. For example. " I spent the night at John and Diana's. " With your example, the first one looks fine. I think it's fine to say 'my Aunt Lidia's' or even 'at my aunt and uncle's'. The second one is just about possible, but when you have really long sets of names such as 'my Aunt Lidia and my uncle Roberto' (seven words!), we often add 'house' or 'home' at the end. Seven words is a little bit too long a noun phrase to support one tiny little apostrophe and an s.
February 8, 2016
I think the first one its correct if you are talking to. Its ok: In his picture I was in Sicily at my aunt Lidia's
February 8, 2016
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