a picture of Bob's/a picture of Bob

Discussion in 'English Only' started by wholegrain, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. wholegrain Senior Member

    << Topic: a picture of Bob's/a picture of Bob >>

    What's the difference between the two?
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  2. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    A picture of Bob's = one of the pictures that Bob owns
    A picture of Bob = a picture depicting Bob.
  3. wholegrain Senior Member

    The former is quite a weird construction, I have never seen it before.
  4. wholegrain Senior Member

    Would "a picture of yours" and "a picture of you" be parallel constructions as of that of the two above?
  5. wholegrain Senior Member

    I don't think the first one is correct, it implies he has more than one picture.
  6. Loob

    Loob Senior Member

    English UK
    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.

  7. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    English - US
    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.

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