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    Damn Apostrophes Again!

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by cutecat22, Aug 21, 2014.

    Having a minor brain malfunction. Which one of the following is correct? Thanks.

    pulled the drapes against the last of the evenings light
    pulled the drapes against the last of the evening light
    pulled the drapes against the last of the evening's light
    pulled the drapes against the last of the evenings' light


    -_-
     
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    pulled the drapes against the last of the evening's light

    ETA: Although, like always, there're probably alternative ways to express this. :)
     
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    ^ Agreed.

    ETA: you could also use "evening light," but there's no apostrophe here.
     
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    That's what I'd put but the lappy didn't like it and when the lappy says no, it makes me question my sanity!

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    To my non-native ear "evening light" does sound like a possibly ok variant, though. 'Cause there's something clunky about putting "of the" and the possessive 's into the same clause. Like a double possessive, even though grammatically speaking I suppose it's all the same.
     
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    don't throw another spanner into the works! :-D

    Last of the evening light
    Last of the evening's light


    hmmmm
     
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    pulled the drapes to block the last of the fading sunlight.

    :-D
     
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    I didn't notice @thirdwind also suggested "evening light", so I guess my non-native ear wasn't completely off, then. :D
     
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    pulled the drapes against the last of the evenings light

    Incorrect; it wants to be possessive, but for that it needs the apostrophe.

    pulled the drapes against the last of the evening light

    Correct; it uses evening as an adjective, perfectly correctly.

    pulled the drapes against the last of the evening's light

    Correct, using evening as a noun that possesses something.

    pulled the drapes against the last of the evenings' light

    Incorrect; it pluralizes evening and then makes it possessive. If you really did somehow mean multiple evenings, it would be correct.
     
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    Thanks everyone!, my brain thanks you all too. Think it might be time for another coffee!
     

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