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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2018 12:18:16 PM

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This is the man I met yesterday's bicycle.
I have already seen the guy behind me's jacket.
thar
Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2018 12:31:21 PM

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No, sorry, they sound horrible.

If something is anything more complex than the simplest form, you use the 'of' possessive, or a verb like 'x belongs to y'.

They are much clearer ways of saying it. Apostrophe-s possessives are very useful but they only work in simpler cases - they don't belong on complex phrases.

The apostrophe has to be attached to the noun it refers to.
The man's jacket.

If you put it at the end of a phrase it becomes "me's". Saying it doesn't feel natural. Sometimes you end up saying something like that if you start a sentence without thinking it through. But when writing you would avoid that sort of mangle.
The man's jacket / his jacket.
but
The jacket of the man behind me
NKM
Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2018 8:13:42 PM

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They do indeed sound horrible, and do not work according to standard grammar.

But you may occasionally hear such untterances, most likely from young children who haven't yet learned not to say them that way.

DonaldSandoval
Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018 8:19:02 AM

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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
This is the man I met yesterday's bicycle.
I have already seen the guy behind me's jacket.


Too horrible.. Poor Knowledge base tens Shame on you
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