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Which is correct:

Myrtle’s party took place in her and Tom’s apartment

Or

Myrtle’s party took place in Tom's and her apartment

Or neither?

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possible duplicate of Is "my wife and I's" correct, or should it be "my wife's and my"? –  Mitch Aug 29 '11 at 19:05
    
You should also include "Or either?" –  KitFox Aug 29 '11 at 19:12
    
@KitΘδς that Or between the two examples served that purpose, no? –  Proffesor In English Aug 29 '11 at 19:17
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I know that this construction always appears slightly clunky; when I'm writing "x and y's" I always use the order of subject-first (so your sentence would read "Myrtle's party took place in her and Tom's apartment"). I wouldn't by default utilise brackets to separate 'her' and 'Tom'; it might be preferable to also introduce the second subject ("Tom") in a previous sentence in order for you to simply write "their apartment".

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Personally, I'd write : Myrtle's party took place in her (and Tom's) apartment.

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Well in this case the fact that it's Tom's apartment is actually important and relevant and not just an extra fact. –  Proffesor In English Aug 29 '11 at 19:18
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