double possessives

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Sat Sep 29 17:51:47 UTC 2001

Beautiful--thanks so much for the example.

Of course, the fact that people use the construction regularly will not
convince some formalist linguists that it is "grammatical."

In a message dated 9/28/2001 3:22:48 PM, TlhovwI at AOL.COM writes:

<< How's this for a true double possesive:

"Is that your my hoodie or my your hoodie?"


Is that my hoodie that you have stolen from me or your hoodie that I had
stolen from you [that you are wearing]?

My roommate said this this morning and it is a common construction for
objects 'borrowed'.


Douglas S. Bigham

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale >>

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