I know there are some excellent grammarians reading this blog, so I thought I'd enlist your help in two questions that always bother me. I suppose I could look these up in a text or online, but where's the fun in that? Plus, this gives you Super Grammartrons a chance to flex your know-how (hyphenated?)
This one always kills me: How do I express possession for multiple subjects, like for a thing that belongs to two people?
"I'm going to Mumford and Rupert's house." or
"I'm going to Mumford's and Rupert's house."
"It's my and my brother's secret language." or
"It's mine and my brother's secret language."
Both sound awkward and wrong.
The other problem is verb tense when referring to one in a group of people. Like this:
"He's one of those people who like to complain." or
"He's one of those people who likes to complain."
I realize the verb in this sentence is the "is" in "he's," so "like/likes" is not a verb but part of the description of the predicate. But does the description refer to "one" or "people." I'm sure we probably covered this in the Grammar Nazi of all Grammar Nazi's class: Professor Rew's Editing for Writers (and thank goodness she doesn't read this blog), but I am at a loss.
Is there anyone out there who can set me straight? Thanks in advance!
Oh yeah, and P.S...what about that "Grammar Nazi of all Grammar Nazi" thing? If the second "Nazi" were singular, then my punctuation is correct, but in this case, the second "Nazi" is plural (she is one of many), but the class belonged to just the one Nazi. Wow, I never encountered this one before. Should it be "Grammar Nazi of all Grammar Nazis's class"?