Alexander's greatness vs the greatness of Alexander


Senior Member
Hello everyone.
I'm writing an essay about Alexander the great. which one of these sentences is correct:
Nobody can deny the greatness of Alexander in history.
Nobody can deny Alexander's greatness in history.

Thank you in advance.

P.S:If both are correct, what is the difference between them?
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    Both are correct, and mean the same, and it's very hard to say why I prefer 'the greatness of Alexander'. But you can use either.

    Giorgio Spizzi

    Senior Member
    Hullo, keramus.

    Both sentences are grammtically correct.

    This is not the same as saying that they have the same "status", though, or that they would be used interchangeably in the same circumstances. "N's N"is a much more "compact" structure than "N of N", which thing renders the former more appropriate to use when the speaker has reasons to believe that the "first N" is already present to the conscience of the listener.

    The latter structure, on the other hand, seems to me to be more appropriate when its "second N " is not "in the air", or is unexpected by the listener. Compare:

    This is Tim, the son of our janitor, Mr Miller.
    This is Tim, our janitor's son.

    GS :)
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