"Mark J. Reed" wrote: > > On Fri, Mar 19, 2004 at 06:09:29PM +0000, Ray Brown wrote: > > I've even heard - I kid you not - "You must come to Richard and I's > > house sometime." > > Yes, well, the possessive of conjoined nouns has been known to confound > many a locutor, rather understandably IMHO. The correct version of the > above is presumably "Richard's and my", but we're used to sticking the > possessive at the very end of a noun and the speaker is thinking of > "Richard and I/me" as a single noun unit. Not to mention that "Come to Richard and my house" sounds (at least to me) like "Come to Richard and come to my house". To a lesser extent, this is true with other nouns, "Richard and Jane" for example, has a similar problem, is it "Richard and Jane's house" or "Richard's and Jane's house"? Either way sounds funny to me. I sometimes just use an of-phrase there. I especially tend to use of-phrases with more complex noun phrases, like "the house of a friend of mine" or even more likely, "the house of a friend of mine from school", although even with a phrase like that, -'s is not impossible, or even particularly rare, in my idiolect. It's just that "of" tends to be more frequent the more complex a phrase is.