The Genitive

Genitives Functioning as

Adjectival Phrases

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Names

Meaning

Examples

1. Genitive of Description

catch-all category

Mt 24:37 (thd days of Noah)

2. Attributive Genitive

modifies the head noun by naming one of its attributes.

Rom. 6:6 (the sinful body)

3. Genitive of Possession

modifies the head noun by identifying the person who owns it.

Mt. 26:51 (his sword)

4. Genitive of Relationship

names a person with whom another person is associated.

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5. Genitive of Content

modifies the head noun by denoting its contents.

Mk 14:13( a clay jar of water);

Jn 21:8 (the net of fish)

6. Genitive of Material

modifies the head noun by identifying the material from which it is made.

Col. 1:22 (by the body of his flesh);

7. Partitive Genitive

modifies the head noun by indicating the whole of which it is a part.

Mk. 2:6 (certain ones of the scribes);

Genitives Functioning in

Deep Structure Event Clauses

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Names

Meaning

Examples

1. Subjective Genitive

-all category

24:37 (thd days of Noah)

2. Objective Genitive

-all category

24:37 (thd days of Noah)

3. Verbal Genitive

-all category

24:37 (thd days of Noah)

4. Compound Verbal Genitive

-all category

24:37 (thd days of Noah)

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