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Saxon Genitive: construction

Saxon Genitive: construction
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Activity Put in Order
Learn how to form the Saxon Genitive construction ('s)

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Move these words around to make a correct sentence.

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/ /ĉlɪsɪz/)
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
    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)


s / ' / This is / car / Kevin
Kerry / doctor / is / and Pat / father / s / ' / a
house / is up the hill / Julia / ' / s
my son / bike / s / ' / He broke
s / is sitting over there / ' / The old man / wife
are green / Alice / s / eyes / '
' / I share a flat with / son / my boss / s
' / is closed / The girls / school
My neighbours / ' / car / is broken
He is / the children / father / s / '
meeting / The doctors / ' / is at 10
The woman in red / s / ' / husband / is a policeman
I'm / brother / s / the new teacher / '
of / the dog / who lives upstairs / the man / This is
' / s / is Josh / s / Britney / brother / ' / name
Total number of items: 15

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