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What is genitive case?

 

Definition
 

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

Discussion
 

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
 
Source:

Fleming 1988 10

Generic
  Genitive case is a kind of
 
Sources
 

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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