Hello, teachers!
Please explain these to me.
[1] What is "the father of the bride/groom"?
[2] Why isn't it "the bride's/groom's father"?
[3] Why is it "the advent of Christ", not "the Christ's advent"?
[4] Why is it "the resurrection of the dead", not "the dead people's resurrection"?
Thank you very much.
Best Regards.
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The term "father of the bride" is used when talking about the role of the bride's father in a wedding ceremony. In a traditional Western ceremony (this is not always the case in contemporary weddings), the bride is "given away" by her father. It's an "institutionalized" form.

The corresponding term for the bride's mother in a wedding is "mother of the bride," since it is the custom for the bride's mother to be seated by an usher just before the ceremony begins. No corresponding term is used in such an institutionalized way for other members of the wedding party.

Either the 's form or the of-form can be used outside of the wedding ceremony itself, as in

What does the bride's father/the father of the bride do? --He's a bookmaker, I think.

The bride's mother/the mother of the bride drove everyone crazy with her demands about the reception

In Sentence 3 "the advent of Christ" is preferred to "Christ's advent" because it puts the name "Christ" into focus at the end of the phrase, as "new" information. Subsequent mentions of the advent could very well be phrased as "Christ's advent."

Sentence 4 has a similar reason for preferring the of-version, which puts the object "the dead" at the end, where it gets more stress. Conceivably after the first mention, one could say "the dead's resurrection," although "the resurrection of the dead," like "the advent of Christ," is a set phrase.

Marilyn Martin
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