Discussion in 'English Only' started by wholegrain, Jul 16, 2008.
<< Topic: a picture of Bob's/a picture of Bob >>
What's the difference between the two?
A picture of Bob's = one of the pictures that Bob owns
A picture of Bob = a picture depicting Bob.
The former is quite a weird construction, I have never seen it before.
Would "a picture of yours" and "a picture of you" be parallel constructions as of that of the two above?
I don't think the first one is correct, it implies he has more than one picture.
It's absolutely standard, wholegrain. If you do a search of the English Only forum with search term double genitive you'll find lots of previous threads.
That doesn't make it incorrect. Even if there was something that you absolutely knew Bob had only one of (a nose of Bob's), the structure would still be grammatically correct. The problem then would be semantic or logical.
Separate names with a comma.