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Possessive Genitive.


The Possessive Genitive denotes the person or thing to which an object, quality, feeling, or action belongs: -

NOTE 1: The Possessive Genitive may denote (1) the actual owner (as in Alexander's dog) or author (as in Cicero's orations), or (2) the person or thing that possesses some feeling or quality or does some act (as in Cicero's eloquence, the strength of the bridge, Catiline's evil deeds). In the latter use it is sometimes called the Subjective Genitive; but this term properly includes the possessive genitive and several other genitive constructions (nearly all, in fact, except the Objective Genitive, §347).

NOTE 2: The noun limited is understood in a few expressions: -

a. For the genitive of possession a possessive or derivative adjective is often used, - regularly for the possessive genitive of the personal pronouns (§ 302. a): liber meus, my book. [Not liber mei.] aliena perícula, other men's dangers. [But also aliorum.] Sullina tempora, the times of Sulla. [Oftener Sullae.]

b. The possessive genitive often stands in the predicate, connected with its noun by a verb (Predicate Genitive): -

NOTE: These genitives bear the same relation to the examples in § 343 that a predicate noun bears to an appositive (§§ 282, 283).

c. An infinitive or a clause, when used as a noun, is often limited by a genitive in the predicate: -

NOTE 1: This construction is regular with adjectives of the third declension, instead of the neuter nominative (see the last two examples).

NOTE 2: A derivative or possessive adjective may be nsed for the genitive in thie construction, and must be used for the genitive of a personal pronoun: -

d. A limiting genitive is sometimes used instead of a noun in apposition (Appositional Genitive) (§ 282): -