Grammar Patterns

poss N

The 'face' group

These nouns refer to part of a person's or animal's body, or to their whole body. This use is productive: any noun which indicates a part of the body is often used after a possessive. We list below the nouns for which this pattern is most significant.
She was lying on her back staring at the ceiling.
Its coat gleamed a reddish bronze in the sunlight and its nostrils flared.
Her face was pale and the shine of tears lay on her cheeks.
Joe unfolded his lanky frame from the car and headed up the steps without a word.
  • abdomen
  • anatomy
  • ankle
  • arm
  • back
  • beak
  • belly
  • bloodstream
  • body
  • bonce
  • bottom
  • breast
  • brow
  • bulk
  • bum
  • chest
  • chin
  • claw (usu plural)
  • coat
  • crown
  • digestive system
  • ear
  • elbow
  • extremities
  • eye (usu plural)
  • eyebrow (usu plural)
  • face
  • features
  • figure
  • finger (usu plural)
  • foot
  • forearm
  • forefinger
  • forehead
  • frame
  • front
  • genitals
  • gut
  • guts
  • hair
  • hairline
  • hand
  • heart
  • heel (usu plural)
  • hindquarters
  • hip
  • hooter
  • hump
  • innards
  • insides
  • jaw
  • knee
  • knuckle (usu plural)
  • lap
  • leg
  • limb (usu plural)
  • lip (usu plural)
  • locks
  • mane
  • middle
  • mouth
  • mug
  • musculature
  • muzzle
  • nail (usu plural)
  • neck
  • nose
  • nut
  • palate
  • palm
  • paw
  • person
  • physique
  • private parts
  • privates
  • rear
  • roe
  • rump
  • scalp
  • shoulder
  • side
  • snout
  • solar plexus
  • stomach
  • tail
  • taste bud (usu plural)
  • teeth
  • throat
  • thumb
  • toe (usu plural)
  • tongue
  • tooth (usu plural)
  • torso
  • trunk
  • visage
  • waist
  • waistline
  • wing (usu plural)
  • womb
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