Questions about the possessive, one of several constructions that describe ownership or association between two objects.

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Should “two weeks vacation” be “two weeks' vacation” (possessive)?

I've always understood that the phrase "two weeks" usually turns to "two weeks'" when used as a modifier -- as in "I'm giving my two weeks' notice" or "I get two weeks' vacation" ("two weeks' holiday" ...
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What is the plural and singular form of people you follow on social media?

I'm developing a social network which has a feature similar to twitter's follow/following setup. At the moment I have the following (hehe) terminology on the site: follower - someone who follows you ...
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Is it correct to say peg location instead of peg's location? [closed]

So I was reading "Solitaire" rules and a few times it was written "peg location", isn't it correct to say "peg's location"? Also why do people say "game score" instead of "game's score"
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Concerning: its'

During my formative years, I had access to many older publications and learned, or thought I did, that its' is the proper way to indicate possession. Thus: "Speaking of this boat, its' hull needs ...
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articles with the possessive nouns in the plural

Is there a definite rule about the use of articles with the possessive nouns in the plural? One rule says that the article in such a phrase modifies the possessive noun. So, it is correct to say ...
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Is “decades' past” possessive?

I'm pretty sure I have this right; here's my sentence: There were a few random music friends from decades' past there to see her, and she couldn't be any prouder. Do I have the apostrophe right? ...
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Possessive of a word that is already possessive

If the cricket ground Lord's is a possessive, what if you want to describe something belonging to Lord's? Would you say: I was very impressed by Lord's's customer services. It doesn't look ...
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Word can be single or plural and is also possessive at the same time

I am trying to construct a sentence for a printed document that requires an odd usage of a noun that can be singular or plural but is also possessive. Here is an example of a sentence that contains a ...
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“Confirmation parents' meeting” or “confirmation parents meeting”?

If a meeting is for a group of parents run by a Church, for example, would it be "Confirmation parents' meeting" or "Confirmation parents meeting"?
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Possessive adj vs. Possessive pronoun

---- idea is not worthy Fill in the blank with a possessive pronoun a."His idea is not worthy" b."Your idea is not worthy" The answer was b. But why is "His idea" wrong?
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Can an interrupting phrase be used after a possessive term? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically incorrect? The cat's—who was still sleeping—bowl is filled with milk. If not, what does it imply?
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Two year's experience or two years' experience or two years experience? [duplicate]

The title says it all; which is correct? Two year's experience or Two years' experience or Two years experience? Likewise, One year's experience or One years experience? I was surprised I ...
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Should I prefer “my” or “our” when the object (a kid, a house) is “co-owned” by two people both present?

I was sitting on a couch between the wife and the husband of an old married couple (native English Londoners) and they were showing me pictures of their kids. They kept using phrases like here is ...
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Can “whose” refer to an inanimate object?

We lit a fire whose fuel was old timber wood. Is the word whose referring to fire, an inanimate object, correct in this sentence? Or is there a more appropriate word?
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Is possessive's apostrophe dispensable in any case?

For instance, in the following sentence: Is it possible to reset columns' width to default in the message pane? Can I forget the apostrophe, using "columns width"? I don't see the ...
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Possessive form (of) with compound nouns

This is a main difference between the personality of good people and bad people. Is the sentence comparing personality of good people and personality of bad people? or comparing personality of ...
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Do you pluralize the singular possession of a plural group?

In a situation where you are speaking to a group of men — for example on a sign passed by many married men — which is correct: "Remind your wife" or "Remind your wives"?
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Verb inversion with possessive pronoun + interrogative

Is it yours? vs It is yours? Can #2 ever be appropriate? Does it exist to facilitate placing emphasis on the personal pronoun?
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Alternative for double genitive in “the author's master's thesis”

Im my PhD thesis I'm referring to my master's thesis. Avoiding first person, I would refer to it as "the/this author's master's thesis", but the double genitive s sounds clumsy to me. Are there ...
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“…their respective group's websites” or “…their respective groups' websites”

I am sending a resource to two group leaders who have the option of sharing it. Which, if either, of the below are correct: They can put it on their respective groups' websites. They can put ...
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Forming a Possesive of an Already Possesive Name (Possessive of “Xyz's” is …?)

How does one formulate a possessive of a name that is itself already in possessive form ("'s")? Is the name just treated as a unitary term and modified accordingly? Is this even possible in formal ...
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Agreement in plural possessives

Which is correct: "everyone's life" or "everyone's lives"?
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He is in the same school as John or John's?

This is probably easy, but I'm confused right now and I was too clumsy to find an answer through Google. Which sentence is correct? He is in the same school as John He is in the same school as ...
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Is there an apostrophe in “number of years experience?” [duplicate]

I'm developing a tool that looks at a person's resume and skill set. One of the features is to estimate how much experience a person has based on the length of time on a project and associated ...
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“Humans turn” or “Humans' turn”?

In a game where there are two factions fighting each other and they take turns moving their units, if I want to inform the player of the game which faction's turn it is, should I use a possessive ...
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Why does my spell-checker correct the word “Lecture's”?

I was trying to write “I was using the lecture's flow of logic”, as to say that I was following the logic that was in the lecture. But I am corrected by a spell-checker. I tried to google it, but ...
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Plural name apostrophe position

At my English lesson the native English speaker couldn’t tell what is correct and promised to search it for us! He told us that if James is one person then we should write James' Book but if ...
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Difference in pronunciation between “your” and “you're”?

I'm a native English speaker (Texas counts, I suppose), and I pronounce "your" to rhyme with "core", and "you're" to rhyme with "cure". Is it just me or did I pick this up somewhere?
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“This boys hat”: Ambiguity of demonstative with possessive

A. [This boy]’s hat is cute. B. This [boys’ hat] is cute. In sentence A, "this" modifies "boy," and in sentence B, "this" modifies "boy's hat," as the brackets show. Questions What ...
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Question about possessive (adj/pron) with additional party [duplicate]

I'm wondering about possessive adj/pronoun and apostrophe S in sentences where you add on additional "possessors". Could anyone give me feedback about whether the following sentences are correct, ...
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“The Arthur's code” or “The code of Arthur”?

Arthur is a very good doctor and he created a good conduct code for all the other doctors in the world. Should he call its code "The code of Arthur" or "The Arthur's code"?
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“of the” vs noun adjunct

Please note: This may be a complex question, references would be great, search engines do not help with "of the". Looks like we can remove the use of "of the" with a noun adjunct switching the order ...
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Saturday's class vs saturday class

everyone! I have a doubt about it: saturday's class x saturday class Which one is correct? I always get confused to know when I use 's when it comes to therms like these ones, when there isn't a ...
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Grammar with possessive plural [closed]

How do you write "the clients (plural) needs? Is it the clients' needs? Example sentence: "I utilized interpersonal skills to identify the clients' needs." Is this sentence correct?
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Whose Possessive?

There are some sentences that seem to be ambiguous to me and I do not know if one is correct or interpretation is left completely to context. They all follow some basic format: "The boy misunderstood ...
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Which singular names ending in “s” form possessives with only a bare apostrophe?

Many questions already ask about this topic (What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? , Adding apostrophe-s to a singular noun already ending in “s”, etc.) and their answers vary, but ...
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Two possessive nouns in a row

Is this the proper way to use two possessive nouns in a row? I am going over to Lauren's parents' house this evening. or The store's manager's niece was quite attractive. What about ...
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How do I use possessive when talking about a book written by two authors? [duplicate]

Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister are two authors of Peopleware. When talking or writing about the book, do I have to write: Have you read Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister's Peopleware? or: Have ...
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Using Dashes with a Possessive

If you have a possessive proper noun but want to add extra detail by using dashes, how should it be written? Example: Penny - our neighbour - has blonde hair. Would any of these options be ...
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What is the correct word to use instead of else’s?

If I am trying to say “That problem that belongs to someone else,” then what is the correct word to use in this sentence: That is someone else’s problem. My spell checker says else’s and elses ...
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Use of possessive apostrophe for 2 people who have the same attitude

'No uncertainty exists about Jim and Bob's attitude to Stan - they despised him.' or - 'No uncertainty exists about Jim's and Bob's attitude to Stan - they despised him.' I have seen questions ...
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Which one is correct “et al.’s” or “et al.”?

I want to use the possessive noun form with et al. as in et al.'s versus et al.
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“Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X”

Which option is grammatical? There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni’s and Alice Walker’s writings. There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni and Alice Walker's writings. Saying it ...
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Possessives of a title in italics

If one writes a word in italics, say the name of a movie, and wants to put apostrophe s at the end to form the possessive, is the apostrophe s italicised with the title? Chinatown's or Chinatown's?
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Compound possessives and yours [duplicate]

which is correct: Thank you for your and your team's time or Thank you for yours and your team's time and should (or does it make a difference if) I place commas before and after "and your team's" ...
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Proper pronunciation of plural possessives [closed]

I'm compiling a word list with accurate pronunciations and am hitting a brick wall. What are the proper American pronunciations of the following plural possessives, and by extension, similar words? ...
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Which possessive pronoun is correct? [duplicate]

Could you advise - which is correct? It's my and Louise's cat. It's mine and Louise's cat. It's Louise's and my cat. Thanks
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“the board of directors I have just became a member of” or “of which I have just became a member” [duplicate]

Duplicate of: When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition? Possessive connecting word for inanimate object I am not sure about following sentence being grammatically correct: ...
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Apostrophe for indicating possessive. How do I convince my professor? [duplicate]

I've read this and this. I know that the underlying question has been answered, my problem is of a different nature: I'm currently writing my master's thesis in CS and my professor thinks that the ...