"Sister's phone's pictures.." | Two apostrophe..

Discussion in 'English Only' started by hustler, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. hustler New Member

    What would be a right way to say, "My sister's phone's pictures.."
    I know I can use this alternatively as "Pictures on my sister's phone" but I don't want to write it this way instead trying to put it differently.
    It seems quite awkward to me as has two words with apostrophe. Couldn't think of a sentence that sounds understandable to me. I shall be obliged if any one of you help me sort out. :)
  2. Tegs

    Tegs Mód ar líne

    English (Ireland)
    You could say:
    The pictures on my sister's phone
    My sister's phone pictures (in the same way as you'd say "my sister's Facebook pictures)

    If you say "My sister's phone's pictures" that means the pictures belong to the phone, which in turn belongs to your sister.
  3. JustKate

    JustKate Moderate Mod

    There's nothing wrong with using two possessives successively like this - three becomes a bit much, but two is usually OK.

    However, I don't think it works here. This makes it sound as though the photos are owned by your sister's phone, and while the intended meaning is nonetheless clear, this makes for really awkward wording. I think "pictures on my sister's phone" is much, much better.

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