By Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, Jan Svartvik
An critical shop of data at the English language, written through many of the best-known grammarians on the planet.
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14) The Holland fleet at sea wee say doth much advance the Frenches taking of the fort of St Philip. 1053) animal possessors are mostly limited to the classifying genitive type as illustrated in Example (2) above. inanimate possessors mostly indicate temporal relation (Example 15) or are collocations (Example 16). 14) In letters, heart’s desire and heart’s ease are particularly common, as in Example (17). (17) to yower worly worschyppe and herte ys desyre. (19) in þecytte of London ys subbarbys Gregory, History 1475 (20) Truth is called tymes doughter.
7 Thus the evidence mostly indicates that the separated ys was an orthographic variant of the joined -ys.
In the e2 period, where the frequency of prepositions other than of is slightly higher than in the other periods, it turns out that all 5 examples involve ‘in law’: (44) I will not fayle to bringe the rente and your father in lawe’s letter to shewe you his further pleasure written to me in this behaulf. 1724) (e3 letter) With the fixed expressions in examples like (44) and (45) we presumably could not have had a split genitive (such as a sergeant’s hands at arms). The number of group genitives in the Early Modern English period is very large, so I limited my investigation to the e2 period, when we have a substantial number of split genitives as well as a large number of group genitives, to see what similarities and differences could be found.
A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language by Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech, Jan Svartvik