Possessive Appositives

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How do you create a possessive for a noun that has an appositive?  For example, start with this sentence:

 

The television station took special note of its top reporter's appearance at the birthday party.

 

All fine and good with that sentence. Now, add to the sentence the reporter's name as an appositive.  Does it too require the possessive form?  For example,

 

The television station took special note of its top reporter's, John Redford's, appearance at the birthday party.

 

That doesn't seem right. Perhaps you use the possessive only for "reporter?"  Or  perhaps only for "John Redford?"  Does anyone here know?

asked Aug 25 '13 at 03:53 Robert B New member

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The television station's on-air people took special note of the appearance of its top reporter, John Redford, at the birthday party.

link answered Aug 25 '13 at 11:14 Alan Cartwright New member

Thanks for taking the time to give me your answer. I appreciate it. Yes, recasting the sentence works. But at the time I asked the question, I was more interested in what the rule would be for the actual sentence syntax I was attempting. But I like your suggestion very much.

Robert BAug 25 '13 at 16:22

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their should replace its

The television station's on-air staff took special note of the appearance of their top reporter, John Stafford, at the birthday party.

link comment answered Aug 25 '13 at 11:18 Alan Cartwright New member

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