The Essentials of the English Sentence

The Essentials of the English Sentence

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... peculiar idiom has arisen, in which the possessive is put after the preposition, thus making a double possessive modifying nouns preceded by a, this, that, any, each, every, many, no, other, such, and some other words. The construction is used for euphony, emphasis, clearness, or indeterminateness: --He wore a sword of the commodore's. No pointed sentences of Ccesar's have come down to us. That wife of Smith's will be the death of him. This introduction of Atterbury's has these advantages. Any friend of the candidate's can give you ballots. I was taken to every new toy of his and the squire's. origin of The origin of this idiom has been assigned to the 'partitive genitive.' Thus, 'a castle of mine, ' could mean, 'one of my castles'; so, 'some friends of his, ' could mean, 'some, i.e. a part, of his friends.' But in, 'that beautiful face of hers, ' 'that bald head of his, ' no such explanation is possible. The idiom probably arose from some other necessity of the language. Whatever its origin, the possessive thus used after of now stands for 'belonging to you, me, him, them, ' or, 'my, your, his, their, property or belongings.' A house of mine = a house belonging to me; and it Disposition of may mean 'one of my houses, ' or, simply 'my house.' The possessive may be disposed of according to the meaning of the expression, either as standing for an objective noun understood after the preposition, or as a possessive used idiomatically after the preposition. A noun with a following appositive or a prepositional one possesphrase, often forms a single substantive expression, the 81veslgn last word only taking the possessive sign: --May the Lord open the King of England's eyes. I speak in the emperor my master's name. The use of one possessive in...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236982304
  • 9781236982308