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I've seen these sentences:

John bumped into a friend of his yesterday (1)

and

The second meeting of the commitee will be held on Friday (2)

Why on sentence (1), they use his but on sentence (2), they use the commitee but not commitee's?



I'm so confused
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When a posessive pronoun doesn not preceede a noun ("my car"), it should still be posessive:

«...and you ain't no friend of mine.»

"Commitee" is not a pronoun at all.

EDIT: Article on your question:
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-dou3.htm
Micheal Swan said in his book: The structure has a variant in which a noun does not have posseisive 's: this is sometimes used when talking about relationships:

He's a cousin of the Queen (etc)

But he took no mention of "commitee", the second meeting of the commitee does not relate to "relationships", does it?
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Hi Belly

Swan is right but the genitive (committee's) is impossible in your sentence because of the definite article (the) that qualifies meeting. We cannot say:

I am the friend of his.

Only I am a friend of his is possible. (= I am one of his [many] friends.)

There are other correct ways to use of his/mine/ours/theirs. Examples:

I met two friends of his.
I don't want to see any friends of his.
Some friends of his give me a headache.

Cheers
CB
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John bumped into a friend of his yesterday (1)

The second meeting of the commitee will be held on Friday (2)

Why on sentence (1), they use his but on sentence (2), they use the commitee but not commitee's?
The legs of the piano are curved. You cannot say The legs of the piano's are curved. The reason is a piano is an inanimate thing.
Similarly, The second meeting of the commitee's will be held on Friday will be incorrect because a committee is an inanimate thing.
But some say commitee is a group of people, so it's an animate thing?
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I dont want to post a new topic, but this is related..

The book of david's is sold.

Does that work since david is animate?
It is incredibly cumbersome, and you will probably never hear someone say this. In any case, the possessive of "of David", so falls within this restrictive direction that only sensate beings can be possessive.

David's book is sold.
BellyBut some say commitee is a group of people, so it's an animate thing?
Please treat my earlier post as cancelled.

John bumped into a friend of his yesterday is correct because John is a person.

The second meeting of the committee's will be held on Friday is incorrect because a committee is not a person.
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