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What is genitive case?



Genitive case is a case in which the referent of the marked noun is the possessor of the referent of another noun.


In some languages, genitive case may express an associative relation between the marked noun and another noun.

Examples (English)
  • The man's foot
  • The man's brother
  • The man's singing
  • The man's book
  • The man's picture

Fleming 1988 10

  Genitive case is a kind of

Crystal 1980 161


Hartmann and Stork 1972 94–95, 180


Pei and Gaynor 1954 82, 172


Anderson, S. 1985 185


Mish 1991 511


Fleming 1988 10

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