In this Column I will continue the list of special possessive idioms from the previous Column （see Column 131）.
HEIGHT AND DEPTH
The first two expressions are used in the following pattern:
・It was the height of folly/fashion.
The other HEIGHT expressions are used in the following pattern:
・We were at the height of the crisis.
The DEPTH expressions are used in the following pattern:
・We got lost in the depths of the mountains.
* the height of folly 愚の骨頂
* the height of fashion 流行の最先端
the height of the crisis 危機の頂点
the height of his success 成功の頂点
the height of his career 仕事の絶頂（期）
the height of his power 権力の頂点
the height of passion 情欲（情熱）の極み
* the height of summer 夏の真っ盛り
the height of the tourist season 観光シーズンの真っ最中
* the depths of winter 真冬
* the depths of despair 絶望（失望）のどん底
the depths of the mountains 山奥，深山
the depths of the woods/forest 森の奥深いところ
the depths of Nagano 長野の僻地
the depths of her eyes 彼女の目の奥底
the depths of her mind 彼女の心の奥底
* the depths of her soul 彼女の魂の奥底
LOSING AND LACKING
There are a wide range of grammar patterns which can be used with these expressions. For example:
・There was a loss of face.
・There was a lack of knowledge.
・We had a loss of morale.
・She had a lack of talent.
・They suffered a loss of motivation.
・He showed a lack of respect.
Also, in all the expressions below, "a" can be omitted before "loss" and "lack", with almost no difference in meaning, but I think that using "a" is generally the safer choice.
* a loss of status 地位を失うこと
* a loss of memory 記憶喪失、物忘れをすること
* a loss of life 命を落とすこと
a loss of power 権力（勢力）を失うこと
a loss of friendship 友情を失うこと
* a loss of face 面目（面子）を失うこと
a loss of effectiveness 有効性がなくなること
a loss of youth 若さを失うこと
* a loss of （self-）control 自制心を失うこと
* a loss of motivation 意欲（やる気）を失うこと
a loss of morale 士気がなくなること
* a loss of support 支持を失うこと
* a loss of business （店の）客が減ること
* a lack of knowledge 知識の欠如
* a lack of understanding 理解の欠如，理解不足
a lack of talent 才能の欠如、才能不足
a lack of ability 能力の欠如、能力不足
* a lack of effort 努力が足りないこと
* a lack of means 資産（資力）が足りないこと
a lack of commitment 決心（献身）のなさ（不足）
a lack of foresight 先を見通す力（先見力）のなさ、洞察力のなさ
* a lack of respect 尊敬心の欠如
a lack of gratitude 感謝の気持ちの欠如
a lack of focus 集中力の欠如
a lack of will 意志のなさ
the sins of the flesh 肉欲の罪
an embarrassment of riches あり余る豊かさ、贅沢な悩み
the bloom of her youth 娘盛り
* the stress of the job 仕事のストレス
I suggest that readers master at least some of these expressions by memorizing them in the grammar patterns given in the Grammar Notes.
I suggest that ...：...してはいかがでしょうか
When I was working on the grammar of possessives （see Columns 128, 129, and 130）, I collected quite a large number of idioms which use a possessive "of".
I have never seen a list like this in any grammar book or textbook, so I hope that it is interesting to readers.
The list follows below, and continues in Column 132.
Since these lists are rather long, I have marked the expressions which I think are most common, or most useful, with a star （*）.
The basic grammar pattern to use with these expressions is:
・He is a man of courage.
a man/woman of courage 勇気のある女、勇敢な人
a man/woman of wisdom 賢者、賢い人
a man/woman of dignity 気品のある人
* a man/woman of means 資産家
* a man/woman of the world 世間慣れした男、世事に明るい人
a man/woman of science 科学者、科学的な人
The basic grammar patterns to use with these expressions are:
・The building has an air of mystery.
・He walked into the room with an air of confidence.
・There was an air of resignation in the way he walked.
Also, in the Japanese translations I have shown which expressions are most commonly used with people by using 態度 or 様子 in the translation, and which expressions are most commonly used for a situation or place by using 雰囲気.
* an air of confidence 自信のある態度
* an air of authority 権威に満ちた態度
an air of (self-)satisfaction （自己）満足したような態度
an air of urgency 慌しい雰囲気、緊迫した態度（様子）
an air of excitement 興奮した様子（雰囲気）
an air of danger 危険な雰囲気
* an air of mystery 神秘的な雰囲気
an air of innocence 無邪気な態度（様子）
an air of indifference 無関心な態度（様子）
an air of resignation あきらめた態度
an air of hopelessness 絶望的な態度
an air of hesitancy ためらった様子
an air of prosperity 繁栄しているような雰囲気、繁栄しているような様子
* an air of freedom 自由な雰囲気
The basic pattern to use with these expressions is:
・He succeeded by force of personality.
But these are exceptions:
・I made the decision because of force of circumstances.
・When I was in the US, I kept on driving on the wrong side of the road from force of habit.
* force of personality 人柄（人格）の力
force of character 性格の力
force of will 意志の力
* force of numbers 数の力
force of public opinion 世論の力
* force of arms 武力、武器の力
force of necessity 必要に迫られて
* force of circumstance(s) やむを得ない事情
* force of habit 習慣の力、惰性
CHANGING AND SHIFTING
There are a wide range of grammar patterns which can be used with these expressions. For example:
・I had a change of heart.
・There was a change of mood.
There was a shift of focus.
・I want/need a change of air.
I want/need a shift of emphasis.
* a change of attitude 態度の変化
* a change of heart 心変わり
* a change of mood 雰囲気の変化，気分の変化
* a change of atmosphere 雰囲気の変化
a change of air/scene 環境の変化、転地（療養）
* a change of subject 話題（主題）の転換
a change of direction 方向転換
* a change of luck 運の変化
a change of focus （話題の）焦点を変えること（ずらすこと）
* a shift of emphasis 重点を移すこと
a shift of responsibility 責任の移行
a shift of focus 焦点を変えること
a shift of perspective 観点の変化
a shift of power 権力の移行
a shift of attention 注意（注目）の転換
In the next Column I will continue with this list.
Continuing from the previous Column, here is list of kinds of nouns which use, or tend to use, "-s" in the possessive. When "of" also sounds all right, I have marked "＞ of". As you can see, I have divided these into "HUMAN", "PLACE AND TIME", "SPECIAL IDIOMS".
the girl's doll
our son's education
ANIMAL NOUNS (HIGHER ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY PETS)
the cat's toy
our dog's bed
a horse's saddle 馬の鞍
COLLECTIVE NOUNS, ESPECIALLY OF ORGANIZATIONS
the government's policy ＞ of
the board's recommendation ＞ of 理事会の推薦
the committee's decision ＞ of
the audience's reaction ＞ of 聴衆の反応
the staff's protest ＞ of
the team's victory
the company's history ＞ of
Tokyo University's Department of Foreign Languages
GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES WHEN THEY INCLUDE HUMAN BEINGS
Europe's natural resources
Japan's population growth ＞ of
Tokyo's transport system
China's economy ＞ of
China's planning for the Olympic Games
NOUNS RELATED TO HUMAN ACTIVITY
the liver's function ＞ of 肝臓の機能
the body's development ＞ of
his life's work （= his lifework)
a word's meaning ＞ of
the essay's main point ＞ of
the dictionary's layout ＞ of
"PLACE AND TIME"
the Moon's gravity ＞ of 月の引力
the Earth's rotation ＞ of 地球の回転
the world's population problem
the nation's traditions ＞ of
the factory's output ＞ of 工場の生産量
the school's main gate ＞ of
the university's rugby team
the week's schedule
a fortnight's holiday 二週間の休み
last month's sales 先月の売り上げ
this baseball season's hero
this winter's worst snowstorm ＞ of
get my money's worth 払った金（努力）に見合うだけのものを得る（楽しむ）
twenty dollar's worth of gasoline
a stone's throw away 石を投げれば届く距離（近所）
at my wits' end 途方に暮れて
keep him at arm's length 少し距離をおいて、関わり合いを避けて
within arm's reach 手の届く所に
in my mind's eye 心の中で想像して
in the possessive：所有格で
It is often difficult for learners of English to know whether to use "-s" or "of", as in expressions like this:
our team's victory vs. the victory of our team.
There is a lot of overlap between these two expressions, but in this Column and the one following this (Column 130) I will present the main rules.
To start with, there is a very general rule to the effect that when the "possessor" is a human being, we use "-s":
1) Mary's pen
2) the girl's toy
A further rule is that the closer the possessor is to being a human being, the more likely "-s" will be used.
For example, when "Japan" is seen as "an area or land", we would use "of", as in the following:
3) a map of Japan
4) the mountains of Japan
However, when "Japan" is seen as "a group of human beings / a society" we are more likely to use "-s", as in the following:
5) Japan's aid to foreign countries 日本の海外援助
6) Japan's hosting of a marathon 日本によるマラソンの主催（日本主催のマラソン）
In the following examples, we can use either "-s" or "of". As can be seen from the examples, these are borderline cases, in which "Japan" is perhaps an area, or perhaps a group of human beings:
7) Japan's economy ＞ of
8) Japan's ancient customs ＞ of
9) Japan's transport network ＞ of 日本の交通網
10) Japan's constitution ＞ of 日本の憲法
In the next Column I will give a list of types of nouns which use "-s" in the possessive.
To start with：まず第一に
to the effect that ...：...という趣旨の
a borderline case：どっちつかずの状態、中間的な場合
the closer the possessor is to being a human being：所有者が人間に近ければ近いほど＜the possessor is closer to being a human being（「the -er ..., the -er ～：...すればするほど、それだけ～」のパターン）
be seen as ～：～と見なされる
either A or B：AもBも
As can be seen from ～：～からわかるように
In Column 127, I gave some examples of the vocabulary and grammar of verbs of longing. This Column is also one which looks at the vocabulary and grammar of another set of verbs. Namely verbs of wanting and trying to obtain.
I have chosen verbs which would be useful to intermediate and advanced learners.
As in Column 127, I have given Japanese translations.
1) He is begging for help. ＞＞ 請う・頼む
2) He is begging to see you.
3) He is begging for you to help him.
4) He is begging you to help him.
5) I thirst for / after knowledge. ＞＞ 渇望する
6) I hunger for / after justice. ＞＞ 熱望する
7) He is angling for the job. ＞＞ （遠回し）...を得ようとする
8) He is angling to get the job.
9) He is angling for you to give him the job
10) We will fight / battle / strive for what is right. ＞＞...のために戦う・...のために奮闘する
11) We will fight / battle / strive to overcome injustice.
12) The government is working / labouring to solve the economic problem. ＞＞ ...のために働きかける・...のために骨折る
13) We are all striving for a better world. ＞＞ ...のために努力する・...のために努める
14) We are all striving to make a better world.
14) He hated Mary, but exerted himself to be polite to her. ＞＞ 大いに努力する・頑張る
15) The United Nations is pushing for a solution to world hunger. ＞＞ ...を強く要求する・...を得ようと努める
16) We are campaigning for the abolition of the death penalty. ＞＞ ...のために［...の］運動を起こす
17) That group is lobbying for a cut in tax rates for doctors. ＞＞ （圧力団体などが議会などで）...のために［...の］働きかけをする
18) Mr Suzuki is canvassing for the position of committee chairman. ＞＞ （支持などを）取りつけるために依頼・勧誘して回る ・...の運動をする
If readers study this Column together with Column 127, they will notice that the grammar patterns are very similar. They should also notice that there is an overlap in the meanings of the verbs in these two Columns. In other words, there is a large "meaning family" of verbs connected with longing, wanting, and trying to obtain.
looks at ～：～を検討する
intermediate and advanced learners：中上級の学習者たち
a solution to ～：～への解決策
a tax rate：税率
the abolition of the death penalty：死刑の廃止
a committee chairman：委員会の議長
an overlap 重なり：重複