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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

3
votes
1answer
238 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
192 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
106 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

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' ...
3
votes
1answer
239 views

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.
0
votes
1answer
93 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
138 views

“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 ...
2
votes
2answers
120 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
64 views

Should I answer the phone with “Mr. Beltz’s office” or “Mr. Beltz’ office”?

How would you pronounce the following when answering a phone for a boss whose last name is Beltz? Some people are saying Mr. Beltz’s office, pronouncing the extra s, and someone else thinks you should ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

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?
-1
votes
1answer
6k views

Apostrophes and s's [duplicate]

I always forget the rule about if something is possessive put 's at the end, for example "the sailor's hat". I know some people say to remember because it has a different meaning if it's plural (e.g. ...
0
votes
1answer
72 views

Using possessive when talking about two [duplicate]

What's the correct form of writing this possessive sentence: Helena and my birthdays are coming. Helena's and my birthdays are coming. My and Helena's birthdays are coming. Any links about the ...
1
vote
1answer
402 views

Is it correct to say “a friend of X and mine” if both X and I know each other and the friend?

As I understand it, if X and Y independently have the same friend Z, we should write Z is a friend of X's and Y's but if X and Y collectively have Z as a friend (e.g., X and Y are a couple), ...
3
votes
1answer
131 views

How to use possessives apostrophes when the word ends with a symbol?

For example, if I want to say an account of Google+, is it the same as say a Google+'s account? In other words, are possessives formed in the same way as always, no matter whether the word ends in ...
2
votes
1answer
388 views

Possession in Compound Nouns [duplicate]

In a compound noun with a postpositive adjective, such as "Director-General" or "Court Martial," the noun is pluralized by using the plural form of the first word (i.e. "Directors-General" or "Courts ...
-2
votes
1answer
202 views

“during one of my girlfriend's games”

I was trying to say "During one of my girlfriend's soccer games..." The problem is when I spoke it, it could be interpreted as "Out of all of my girlfriends... during one of their games this ...
1
vote
2answers
124 views

Antedecent 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 ...
5
votes
3answers
5k views

Does a person have two “masters’ degrees” or two “master’s degrees”? [duplicate]

When someone has more than one master’s degree, should these be described as have several masters’ degrees or several master’s degrees? In other words, which of these two applies: (singular) a ...
4
votes
3answers
5k views

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" ...
0
votes
1answer
138 views

cat eye vs. cat's eye

I was reading another thread here and came across a technical term rheum that I didn't know. I went to wikipedia for more information and saw a picture there where the caption says Rheum in cat ...
6
votes
4answers
276 views

Using apostrophes correctly

I've read a great article about the usage of apostrophes. But there are still some points that are unclear. Why do we say... school project but not school's project? car service but not car's ...
2
votes
1answer
566 views

“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 ...
0
votes
3answers
106 views

Can we say “the problem's”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car’s antenna”? Can we add apostrophe S, 's, to a word for an inanimate object as in the phrase the problem's ...
0
votes
2answers
116 views

Which phrase is more natural to a native speaker? [closed]

"The underlying notions of the problem" or "The problem underlying notions"? Please consider the brevity principle too.
1
vote
3answers
367 views

What is the correct possessive genitive for “media”?

I hope I've used the right terms in the title; I'm not a native speaker. The singular of media is of course medium. So when talking about one medium's content, the genitive s and apostrophe are easy ...
-1
votes
2answers
426 views

About adjective possessive pronouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? In the sentence ‘Everyone should make everyone’s part’, what adjective ...
-1
votes
3answers
383 views

I'm trying to show ownership to a plural noun in parentheses

I'm drafting a lease document and have to state the following provision. The Lessee(s) holds the Lessor and the United States harmless from any loss, liability or damages resulting from the ...
0
votes
1answer
94 views

What's the difference between “a picture of the king” and “a picture of the king's”? [closed]

A picture of the king. A picture of the king's. What exactly is the difference between the two?
0
votes
1answer
395 views

What’s the pronunciation of “ s’ ”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the pronunciation of the possessive words that already end in s? “The Weasley twins’ friend, Lee Jordan, was doing the commentary for the match.” Do ...
2
votes
2answers
260 views

Why is an apostrophe used in the genitive “-’s”?

The English possessive isn’t a contraction, but rather a relic of the grammatical case system, so why is an apostrophe used in (most) forms of the possessive?
0
votes
4answers
8k views

“my”, “of me”, “of mine” - when to use these possessive constructions

I have been encountering possessive constructions with the preposition "of" and a possessive form of pronoun frequently, but I do not fully understand what it means and when to use it. In particular, ...
0
votes
1answer
121 views

Chained possessive words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “My wife and I’s seafood collaboration dinner” I’m sure there are better ways to write the following sentence, but I was curious to know if this sentence is ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

What is the possessive form of a singular noun ending with a plural s?

I would tend to treat a company name as singular and would therefore write the possessive form with 's. Now, my company refers to its international operations by placing the country name behind the ...
2
votes
1answer
251 views

What is the correct usage for I'm a girl in my early twenties?

Which is grammatically correct? I am a girl in my early twenties. or I am a girl in her early twenties.
2
votes
1answer
102 views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
197 views

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 ...
-1
votes
2answers
94 views

Can I say “Bran's bachelor's”? [closed]

My friend is Bran. He had a bachelor party. Can I title a photo album Bran’s bachelor’s?
13
votes
6answers
871 views

Is it correct to say “I write children books” (not possessive case)? [closed]

Although Children's books is what everybody says, I would like to understand why the genitive case is applied in such case. If I write books for children, children is an adjective here; not the ...
4
votes
2answers
383 views

Bayes' Theorem or Bayes's Theorem? (Similarly, Charles' Law or Charles's Law?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When did it become correct to add an ‘s’ to a singular possessive already ending in ‘s’? Which singular names ending in “s” form possessives with only a bare apostrophe? ...
6
votes
3answers
4k views

Should “each” be followed by a singular or plural possessive?

If a possessive noun, which is plural, is preceded by "each", then should it use the singular or plural possessive form? For example, which of the following is correct? spend time in each other's ...
-2
votes
2answers
156 views

Use of apostrophe in days?

Is it: As Lilly lay down tucked up in her bed, all the days events span round in her head. or As Lilly lay down tucked up in her bed, all the day’s events span round in her head.
1
vote
0answers
23 views

more usage of their and they with any way [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? I want to learn more usage of 'their' which is an possessive and in any way of ...
-2
votes
1answer
92 views

When an item belongs to Bob, is it Bob's item or Bobs item [closed]

Should I use: That is Bob's phone He is Bob's student Bob's car is red or: That is Bobs phone He is Bobs student Bob's car is red
0
votes
1answer
146 views

Plural possessive of category? [closed]

Example Sentence: The children of the category. What does category become in this format: The categor(ies|ies'|y's) children?
1
vote
3answers
3k views

Is “I am at the doctor's” a correct usage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Store names & possessive Is the following sentence a correct usage to tell someone that I'm in the clinic to see the doctor right now I'm at the doctor's
0
votes
3answers
279 views

Explaining the apostrophe in this quotation [closed]

Stumbled upon The Case For Mitt Romney: So far, under Obama, private sector job growth has vastly outpaced the public sector. And the big public unions, like the teachers', have been directly ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

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.
2
votes
3answers
2k views

Possessive Form of a Proper Noun Ending in a Plural Noun Ending in “s”?

I don't think this has yet been covered in any of the other questions on similar topics. There was one other very similar question, however, it was not specifically talking about the case where the ...
-1
votes
2answers
292 views

“The dog's tail” vs. “the tail of the dog” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car’s antenna”? When talking about animal body parts, which of the following is the right one (or could both be possible ...
0
votes
1answer
193 views

What will be the possessive form of the word “Tipsy” used as a noun? [closed]

The Microsoft Word grammar check shows "Tipsy's" to be wrongly formed. I thought "Tipsy'" would do the job and it was shown as correct. However, it occurred to me that Tipsy does not end in a 'z' or ...