the brother of John's

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the brother of John's

Post by azz » Fri Oct 27, 2017 6:03 am

Can one say

a. I was talking to the brother of John's who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor.
b. I was talking to the brother of his who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor.


c. I was talking to the brother of John who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor.
d. I was talking to the brother of him who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor.

e. I was talking to John's brother who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor.
f. I was talking to his brother who is a doctor, not to the one who is an actor.



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Re: the brother of John's

Post by Alan » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:01 pm

All structurally allowable, but d is unnatural.

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