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

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Possessive followed by negative gerund

Is it correct to say this? Her not paying attention to the class annoys me.
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“The queen of England's crown” or “The queen's of England crown”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “My wife and I’s seafood collaboration dinner” What is the correct way of these two sentences? The queen of England's crown The queen's of England crown Strictly ...
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What is the correct possessive of “the Lady with the Curved Nose”? [duplicate]

For example: The Lady with the curved nose love letters This question arises from the Doyle short story "Charles Augustus Milverton", in which a Lady, who is described as having a curved nose, ...
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Use of Apostrophe s to show possession when the noun is singular but ends with s [duplicate]

Should I use apostrophe-s('s) or only a apostrophe(') with the noun to show possession when the noun is singular but it ends with s.
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The companies money or the companies' money [closed]

Is there an apostrophe and where if you are writing about multiple companies such as in the example below? The companies money.
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Possessive with multi-word subject [closed]

If my subject is "the side in question", is it OK to ask, "Do you have the side in question's cell phone number?" or "What are the side in question's intentions?" I hope someone can help clarify this ...
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Multiple things belonging to a group of people? [closed]

This phrase is coming up over and over in the paper I'm editing... basically the author is talking about the many different things all belonging to a group of people. For example (these are not the ...
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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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If apostrophe-S is possessive, should “it's” be used when referring to an object's possessions or not? [duplicate]

For example, which is correct: The robot can then compute it's coordinates. or The robot can then compute its coordinates. What's the rule here? It seems a little inconsistent.
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How to indicate possessiveness of a noun of unknown plurailty

I am writing about the review process for scholarly publications. In this, I am trying to indicate the opinion of one or more reviewers. I could write "The opinion of the reviewer(s)" to convey that ...
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Possessive of “it” when used as a noun to name itself [closed]

When speaking of the word "it", "it" is a noun and can double as a pronoun for itself. For example, I can say something like the following: It's first letter is an i. Its second letter is a t. ...
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Possessive form for words ending in “y”

Which of the following is correct? The fortune 500 companys' assets are vast. The fortune 500 companies' assets are vast.
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He or him in this sentence?

Just read this line on the Guardian: He dismantles his bedroom and helps tidy the house, daubing white paint over the pencil marks on the doorframe which have measured the growth of he and his ...
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The plural form of: One's life work [closed]

I'm editing an essay about the two founders of a software company, and there is a sentence that currently reads: They have made it their live's work..." This looks and feels wrong, but I'm ...
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Is it plugin options or plugin’s options?

You can pass the plugin’s options in here. The plugin’s options have been saved. or You can pass the plugin options in here. The plugin options have been saved. I never know which ...
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Antecedent of “its” in “the dog attacked the cat and its friends” [duplicate]

The dog attacked the cat and its friends. Does the sentence imply that the dog attacked the cat and the cat's friends, or that it attacked the cat and the dog's friends? How would one properly ...
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Usage of possessive pronouns in subordinate clause or main clause?

To my knowledge, personal pronouns and the noun they represent can be inter-swapped. So both these sentences are correct. (I may be wrong, I'm not sure.) "Unless she arrives here early, Susan will be ...
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Possessive form of compound subject?

Which of the following is accurate in British English to describe our own wedding? Alex and Jen's Wedding Alex's and Jen's Wedding Alex and Jens' Wedding
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Genitive: with or without “the” [closed]

I would like to know which variant is correct: "Decimal expansion of the first generalized Euler's constant" "Decimal expansion of first generalized Euler's constant" "Decimal expansion of the ...
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Title possession in plaintext

As far as I'm aware, titles are supposed to be italicised if Rich Text Formatting is available but wrapped in quotation marks if in a plaintext environment. So, what is the correct way to show a ...
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Plural Possessive of Surnames [duplicate]

For the plural possessive of a surname, would you concur that these are correct? the Rogerses' house (surname is 'Rogers') or should it be "the Rogers' house" for the plural possessive because ...
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Guidelines for adding 's after name of company ending in s [duplicate]

How about adding 's to the name of a company that ends in s for a possessive? Is it the same guideline (go by how it would be pronounced)? Thanks.
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use of apostrophe in a sentence [closed]

Why is an apostrophe used in some cases such as in "Children's stories," as possession, where children don't own the stories?
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Member's Price or Members Price or Member Price [duplicate]

I have a members only website. I want to place a price tag for "Members Price" is that correct or Member Price. It refers to the price a member pays.
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“user's details” or “user details” [duplicate]

user's details or user details, which one is the correct form when referring to the details of a user in a database? Regards
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Is there a name for this type of construction? E.g. possessive continuous? Is it even valid? [duplicate]

I'd like to know if this type of construction has a name, and for that matter, if it's even grammatically correct. I can remember seeing it in certain formal texts, but not as much recently: The ...
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Genitive of this

Is there a genitive form of the word this in English? For example: The color of it -> Its color The color of this -> ?
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“these days” - what is the correct usage/meaning?

Recently whilst writing a report I typed the following sentence: "Funerals still represent a celebration of the life of the deceased, but these days families and friends often use the time to ...
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In “an idea of Hölderlin’s”, is “of” a partitive or a genitive?

We often use these constructions. A friend of mine is probably the most common. I have often wondered, being an English teacher, whether the function of the preposition of in such contexts is that of ...
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What is the correct usage of the word “Cartesian”?

While working on an essay for my English class I included this sentence: The best solution is to take a page out of Cartesian theory and take a proven approach. However, my teacher corrected it ...
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“Sally's and Mike's bikes” or “Sally and Mike's bikes”? [duplicate]

The title really says it all. When there are two subjects in the possessive, what do we do? If "Sally's and Mike's bikes" is correct, isn't this ambiguous? (As the phrase could either be referring to ...
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“carbon's particles” or “carbon particles” [closed]

I'm wondering, how to use apostrophe. I've seen a lot of sites explaining how to use apostrophe to show possession, and I think I know how to use it, however I saw a lot of articles showing possession ...
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“Doctor's appointment” or “doctors appointment”?

I've looked this up online, but I can't find any explanations from reasonably credible sources, so I'm posting my question here! (Was that a comma splice?) Should I refer to the appointment that I ...
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How to refer to a collection of paintings by a particular artist?

For example, suppose that in an art museum a tour guide wants to refer to a room that displays paintings from Pablo Picasso, so he says, "This room has the Picasso's." Would this be correct? Or ...
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Can I use the plural form when stating the possession of just one item?

If I want to say I have something without emphasis on the quantity, are both of these sentences ok? I have an apple. I have apples. (I may just have one apple.)
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Using an apostrophe on wedding invitation [duplicate]

I am designing an RSVP, in which I give my guests the option of choosing their meal preference. I have a column for ticking the option of a kid's meal, then at the bottom I have a key for all of the ...
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What to use after a word which ends with “se” to indicate possession? [duplicate]

I apologize for the seemingly simple question. I've searched on Google for this, but could not find anything. The word "Recluse", meaning (noun) "a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid ...
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My as an adjective, posessive pronoun, or prepositional phrase?

During English class, we have been diagramming sentences, as described at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/, and have had some confusion as to whether the term "my" should be considered an adjective, ...
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Use of the possessive apostrophe [closed]

Consider a person whose name is "Lehman". In the sentence "I read Lehman's documents." why is it "Lehman's" and not "Lehmans' " ?
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How should one show possession in “and I” constructions? [duplicate]

I share an office with a co-worker and wanted to write something about the office that she and I share. Should I do something like one of these: Stacey's and I's office Stacey and I's office ?
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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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genitive case (difficult surnames)

When we write difficult surnames, e.g. Novak Djokovic, is it neccessary to use 's in the genitive case? Is it correct to write Novak Djokovic match-ball, or we must write Novak Djokovic's match-ball ...
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How do you refer to a 'they' character in a poem in a possessive sense?

I am writing a paper about Emily Dickinson's ‘They shut me up in Prose –.’ The two characters of the poem are the speaker and an unidentified group only referred to as 'they' and later as 'themself.' ...
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Plural Noun--Its vs Their [closed]

I am trying to determine which sentence is correct. A) Storyboards got their name from the bulletin boards containing cartoon drawings. B) Storyboards got its name from bulletin boards containing ...
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Using possessive apostrophe with “or” [closed]

I've seen this addressed a lot with "and", but not with "or". In the three following sentences: It isn't John's or Mary's fault. It isn't John or Mary's fault. It isn't John's or Mary's ...
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“None of who’s” vs. “none of whose” [closed]

Is the following phrase grammatical? I seem to recall three people, none of who's names I can remember.
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Plural possessive of a family name [closed]

If I want to say that I spent the night at the house that belongs to the Johnsons, which of the following structures is correct: I spent the night at the Johnson's. or I spent the night at the ...
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Singular possessive apostrophe for name ending in “s” [duplicate]

Creating some copy and want to make sure singular possessive name is correct... If I have a name of an animal, Jaws, would correct grammar be, Jaws' Laws?
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