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

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Explanation on when the possessive should be used instead of an attributive noun

How would you explain to a person who is learning English, and whose native language does not have attributive nouns, when the possessive should be used instead of an attributive noun? In particular, ...
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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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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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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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Correct form of object of sentence with grouped possessive and personal pronoun?

Lets say the object of a sentence is a possessive, of more than one nouns. Something that is say both someone else's and my own. IE Tom's and mine, as in the sentence This meeting requires Tom and ...
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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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How to form the possessive case of indefinite pronouns? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use “everyone's”, “everyones'” or “everyones”? I was writing a sentence in Google Docs that contained the following ...
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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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How to indicate possession when using abbreviation “Dr.”

I often run into a case where I need to say I have a doctor's appointment, but how would I properly punctuate it if I wanted to use the abbreviation Dr. instead of the word doctor? Dr.'s appointment ...
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Strunk and White says “Charles's” is correct — is this still the case? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? When did it become correct to add an 's' to a singular possessive already ending in 's'? I just ...
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User’s Guide vs Users’ Guide

I’ve been looking over what has been posted regarding the use of ’s. I used to be a Technical Writer (years ago). The title of one of our training documents was Users’ Guide. Once, a coworker said ...
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“Thousand Dollars Worth” or “Thousand Dollars' Worth”. Is this a Possessive?

I was writing the following sentence: Five thousand dollars worth of equipment does not a professional photographer make. Apart from the other questionable syntax in this over-stylized sentence, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Yours vs. your's

Which is correct “Is that yours?” or “Is that your’s?”? I ask because it is possessive, so I would think it would be the latter, but I typically use and see the former usage. Are there particular ...
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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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Origin of plurals and possessives

What is the origin of English plurals and possessives? English plurals look more French plurals, but I am not sure that is where they come from. As for possessives, I don't know where they come from.
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Saxon Genitive vs. Adjective Noun (Model Parameters vs. Model's Parameters)

The suggestions in this same forum say that the use of the phrase "the car's antenna" is correct. Questions: Nobody mentioned the use of "the car antenna" -- which to me would be much more natural, ...
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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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Origins of possessive pronouns

If apostrophe + s is the acceptable way of denoting a genitive in English, is it possible that possessive pronouns, such as hers, ours and yours, started life as possessive adjectives with apostrophe ...
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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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Apostrophes and caps in Happy Mother’s Day / Happy Mothers’ Day

So, I’m writing this as it is Mother’s (or maybe Mothers’) Day today, and I was wondering what would be a correct way to write that. Should the apostrophe come be between the r and the s, or after ...
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Plural possessive with compound subject [duplicate]

Is it "John and Becky's knowledge" or "John's and Becky's knowledge"?
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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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“Near St. John's church” vs. “near the St. John's church” vs. “near the St. John church” [duplicate]

When it comes to churches and so on, which one is correct? Our hotel is near St. John's church. Our hotel is near the St. John's church. Our hotel is near the St. John church.
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“You and your” vs. “Your and your”

Which is correct, and why? identifying you and your competitors’ relative market performance or identifying your and your competitors’ relative market performance Each entity is in ...
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“Your and my [something]” vs “Yours and my…”

Prompted by comments against this question, I'd like some help figuring out why some people (myself included) prefer yours over the apparently more logical/grammatically consistent your in this kind ...
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Name, Conditions, and Pluralization of “Conscience' sake”

In some versions of the Bible, 1 Cor. 10:25 contains the phrase conscience' sake with no s following the possessive apostrophe of conscience, which does not end with s, as in: New American ...
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Gerund preceded by a genitive?

Is this sentence actually grammatical? You know your having a rough day when kittens don't even make you smile. The writer of this sentence may intend to mean you're instead of your but I'm just ...
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Usage of “of” in genitive: “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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How to denote possession with “Bureau of Statistics” [duplicate]

When denoting possession with Bureau of Statistics, does one use "Bureau's of Statistics" or "Bureau of Statistics'"? E.g. according to the Bureau's of Statistics Consumer Price Index ...
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Apostrophe Usage with Arkansas [duplicate]

Currently, we are having an issue at work where we may not be able to tack on apostrophes to words programmatically, in order to make them possessive, because of certain edge cases; such as Arkansas' ...
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Attribute of multiple entities

Which is the correct form of an attribute related to multiple entities? For example, which is the correct form of position? The position of the circle and of the square is wrong. The ...
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Is a possessive noun a contraction?

I was told not to use contractions in an essay. My classmate wrote "the argument of Emily" but I preferred "Emily's argument". He disagreed and claimed "Emily's" is a contraction.
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“Whomever runs it's” or “whomever runs its”?

I know that "its" is the possessive form of "it", but does this rule apply to the possessive form of phrases ending in "it"? Should I say, "the program runs on whomever runs its computer" or "the ...
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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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Does your name belong to you?

I'm having trouble deciding whether the word 'name' can be used possessively. Currently I'm thinking it's correct to say: Patients' names have been altered to provide anonymity However it just ...