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

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Pronunciation of the apostrophe

Is there a rule regarding the pronunciation (or lack of) of the apostrophe? I have seen this on tv: "Enchantress' wrath" pronounced as "Echantresses wrath" "Gus' schedule" pronounced as ...
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Should words that finish with an “s” take “'s” or simply “s” to form a possessive? [duplicate]

For example, should I write : (1) Chris's dog OR (2) Chris' dog (1) the infants's toy OR (2) the infants' toy ? I read in Struck & White (4th edition from 1979) that you should use option (1) in ...
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Using quotes around a nickname that's in the possive

I wanted to send a reading list to my dad about the state of the economy. One such commentator is known as "Dr. Doom". I went to write : "Dr. Doom's" view is ... but that didn't look right because ...
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Possessive pronouns in research papers [closed]

Contrast: In order to develop a relationship between the energy spectra and their corresponding Fourier transforms... with In order to develop a relationship between the energy spectra and ...
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Saxon genitive and “et al.”

I am writing a scientific paper. In this context, it is usual to cite other works with the last name of the first author followed by "et al." when there are many. If I want to use a possessive form, ...
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Proper Apostrophe Use: Possessive Apostrophe In Brand/Corporate Names [duplicate]

Wondered the same thing as this person: but could not find here on EL&U What is the proper way to indicate possession when the proper noun itself already has a possession-indicating apostrophe? ...
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What's the proper way to refer to the form of a word that's improperly punctuated?

Example sentence: The Adventure's of Huckleberry Finn My dilemma: I would like to convey to the writer of the example sentence that the word Adventure's, in its current _____ form, is ...
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Use of the apostrophe in a genitive

is the use of the apostrophe in the following sentence correct: ... The data users' wish to visualize comes in many formats, all of which cannot obviously be directly supported. ... I am convinced it ...
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What part of speech are articles before possessive adjectives?

Today I was diagramming a sentence when I noticed something that confused me. I had a sentence that was basically like this: A parent's greatest concern is rearing his children correctly. ...
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Is plural-possessive needed before “organization” [duplicate]

I'm not sure which one is correct: "The Physical Therapist Organization" or "The Physical Therapists' Organization". I'm leaning more towards without the plural-possessive but will I be grammatically ...
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“Moon's Land ” or “Land of Moon”?

What is the difference between Moon's Land and Land of Moon? Do both expressions have the same meaning or how do they differ? When do we use each one of these, if they do have different meanings?
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The significance of “y”

Regarding the pronoun "your", ignoring the singular possessive form. Is there some significance to the "prefix" y or is this a coincidence? Our: Collective possession, including me. Y our: ...
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Use of possessive adjectives in English

When an Englishman wants to refer to parts of the body or to objects of personal use, he will use a possessive adjective. Examples: My head aches. I dropped my glasses. In the Romance ...
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Question about dual possesive nouns [duplicate]

I am writing a technical letter for my (and my lab partner’s) senior design project (we are engineering majors) and I would like some help on properly phrasing part of the letter. The project belongs ...
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Which is correct “women's clothing” or “womens clothing”? [duplicate]

When I typed the search into Google most of the responses were websites selling clothing and the ratio of womens versus women's was about 1:1. Searching for mens versus men's and the version with ...
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Use of an Apostrophe in Maths Place Values

In mathematics, when you're discussing the concepts behind different number bases, it's often necessary to refer to a digit's place. For example, in the following "base 10" number (the number system ...
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Possessive s, apostrophe on end or not?

I am writing a project for college about smart phones. Which would you say is correct in a possessive context? Windows Phone's applications or Windows Phone' applications My thoughts say ...
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Ellipsis in noun phrases with possessive case [closed]

Can you omit the second occurrence of the word "poems" in a sentence like the following? I like Lord Byron's poems, and also enjoy a number of Percy Shelley's [poems].
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“Me and Joey's” or “mine and Joey's” [duplicate]

Which of the following should I use? Today is me and Joey's anniversary Today is mine and Joey's anniversary
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Is it ok to omit a possessive apostrophe before a capitalized appellation (President, country name, VP, PM)?

In a recent Financial Times article (Yemen PM Escapes Assissnation), the apostrophe necessary to show possession was left out. I've seen colleagues do it as well. Isn't it supposed to be "Yemen's PM ...
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“My friend's, Tom's, object” vs. “My friend, Tom's, object”

How does one combine possession and appositive comma usage in one sentence?
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Use of “my” and “your” when referring user's data [closed]

When displaying menu options to a user on a website. When should I label links as My Profile or Your Profile I have several other links such as <My/Your> Likes and <My/Your> ...
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Confusion with possessives

We have a choir in the town of Ako called Ako International Students Choir. The choir is directed in English and is indeed international, but by no means limited to International Students. I am ...
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One's or ones possesive noun or not? [duplicate]

It is my first question on any stackoverflow site, so sorry if I have not researched the current available questions and answers enough (I tried), but I have thoroughly searched both the internet and ...
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“Shooting themselves in the foot/feet”: Which is preferred?

To “shoot oneself in the foot” is to do something harmful to oneself by accident. How should this phrase be worded to apply to several people? This is provided to stop people from shooting ...
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Why is it “Paris’s cafés” but “Massachusetts’ capital”?

I’ve been studying the apostrophe and found this in Merriam-Webster’s Guide to Punctuation and Style: The possessives of proper names are generally formed in the same way as those of common nouns. ...
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Investors assets or Investor's assets? [closed]

I am wondering about which sentence is correct? It is therefore measuring the volatility of an investors asset. or It is therefore measuring the volatility of an investor's asset.
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“When I was in third year at the University”.: Is “my” necessary here like “in my third year”"

Is "my" really necessary in this sentence : " When I was (in third year,in MY third year) at the university" .If it is then why do we need to use 'my'?
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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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When a name finishes in “s” can you say Jaume Casals's biography? [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct? Here you can find Jaume Casals's biography. I think the final " 's " is unnecessary, but I am not 100% sure. Could anyone help? Thanks.
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What's the genitive of “someone else”?

This is Konrad. He has a dog. Hence, it's Konrad's dog. This is someone else. He has a cat. Hence it's someone else's cat. Hence it's someone's else cat. Hence it's someones else cat. Hence it's ...
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What happens when baker's, butcher's, etc. are in the plural?

If the singular it is: The baker's and the butcher's are closed on Sundays. Which one is the plural? Bakers and butchers are closed on Sundays. Bakers' and butchers' are closed on ...
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Is it “the business'” or “the businesses” responsibility?

It's quite common in my company to make a distinction between "the business" and "the IT department". I think this is the correct way to write what I want: "It is the business' responsibility to set ...
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How to correctly refer to animal parts as food?

I have found little consistent in how animal parts used as food are named. How can I correctly refer to the tongue of ducks, the necks of ducks, or the ears of pigs? Do you like duck's neck? ...
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Should this noun used in a possessive sense be singular or plural?

Consider the following comment in a C++ source file: /* These members are documented with their associated property. */ Should the word property be singular or plural? Each member is associated ...
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How is “I'm sick of something” grammatically correct?

How is "I'm sick of something" grammatically correct? The "of" operator seems to denote ownership. The capital of america is DC. So how does "sick of" or something similar work?
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Forbes' or Forbes's [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "Forbes' building was sold to NYU" or "Forbes's building was sold to NYU" ? Or perhaps both are correct?
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When did it become incorrect to use apostrophes with possessive pronouns?

I'm reading Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and I notice that she invariably uses an apostrophe with possessive pronouns — in a way that would be considered incorrect now. For example: (Elinor is ...
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Questions about the subtleties of the genitive case

The AP style guide suggests that things like "Farmers Markets" or "Veterans Cemeteries" cannot "belong" to the members of the groups for which they were set up. I would posit that a thing for the use ...
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your/yours, her/hers etc [duplicate]

I am if sure if this sentence sounds correct or not, "you can tell Rachel that your and her hunch was right" For some reason my brain wants me to change the 'your' to 'yours'. Also should the 'hunch ...
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When do we use “of” rather than “ 's” to show possession? [duplicate]

It is a very simple word but I am quite confused when I write formal documents. I do not know exactly when to use the of rather than 's. For example: The value of the mean or The mean's value. ...
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“both of” + possessive, which noun does “both of” refer to?

Both of the boy's parents were happy with the new school. Is it proper English to say "both of the boy's parents", as in the above sentence, to mean "both parents of the boy"? Or do we have to ...
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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 does one write the possesive form of stock ticker symbols ending in “s”?

How does one write the possessive form of stock ticker symbols ending in "s"? These are neither acronyms nor initialisms (/TLAs). For instance, does one write RAS' earnings, or RAS's earnings?
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How to Construct an Unambiguous Joint Possessive that Follows a Verb?

How to Construct an Unambiguous Joint Possessive that Follows a Verb? I've read that when writing about multiple possessors who jointly posses a thing, the common practice is to add a Saxon-genitive ...
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Attributive or Possessive noun

In the following is it better to use a possessive noun with an apostrophe or an attributive noun without an apostrophe? The following list details the assumptions that have been made in ...
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Singular/plural possessive form of fish? [closed]

The singular form of fish is fish. The plural form of fish is also fish. What are their possessive forms?
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Job title + possessive case [duplicate]

Is the following construct (grammatically) correct? Swiss mathematician and physicist Leonhard Euler's contribution to number theory was [...] It sounds clumsy to me; however, this rewrite sounds ...
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Using the possessive apostrophe in formal English [closed]

I am writing an essay and my teacher told us to use "Formal Academic English". Would using a possessive apostrophe like "Obama's decision to.." be considered informal? Don't tell me to ask my teacher, ...
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Plural possessive with compound subject [duplicate]

Is it "John and Becky's knowledge" or "John's and Becky's knowledge"?