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Question

Choose the option that best best completes the gap(s).

Olu brought his clothes and those of his _________ ?

Options

A) senior brother's

B) elder brothers

C) elder brother's

D) senior brother

The correct answer is B.

Explanation:

This is wrong. It's elder brothers not elder brother's. 'Those' is a pronoun referring to the clothes. The key issue now is: 'of' is serving a possessive function there; thus, the noun, elder brother, cannot take a possessive 's. Another example of a possessive 'of' is 'house of Michael' and 'Michael's house'. You cannot say 'house of Michael's'

Explanation provided by Justin


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  • Richmond

    Elder brother's you speak about has an apostrophe which represents his

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  • Justin

    This is wrong. It's elder brothers not elder brother's. 'Those' is a pronoun referring to the clothes. The key issue now is: 'of' is serving a possessive function there; thus, the noun, elder brother, cannot take a possessive 's. Another example of a possessive 'of' is 'house of Michael' and 'Michael's house'. You cannot say 'house of Michael's'

  • Olu brought his clothes and those of his elder brother's. You could also say Olu brought his clothes and he also brought his elder brother's clothes.