First, can anyone name a reference source that discusses this matter? I came over from the other thread: related discussion: a fan of his?? Here is an article on this subject from WorldWideWords. You need to be logged in to start a new thread. In my own writing--where I am permitted to depart from standard usage wherever I disagree with it--I will probably, thumb to nose, use "a friend of my mother" and good grief: I hope I am never caught saying "a bone of the dog's" when I mean "the dog's bone". As I point out in 10, no one would say "The word of my mother's" or: "The trend of the stock market's is down. It may be the more widely accepted usage, but it is also grammatically redundant, as the very name assigned to it indicates.
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