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

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possessive apostrophe(s) in definition of abbreviation

Consider the following two sentences, dealing with a singular "ISP": (1) The virus penetrated the Internet Service Provider's (ISP)'s firewall. or (2) The virus penetrated the Internet ...
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Genitive case in: “The three Wise Men's Day”

Is it correct to use the genitive case in: "The three Wise Men's Day"? Thank you!
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Length of sentence and its effect on a possessor

Please consider the following sentence: When a function is about to call a subfunction, it puts the memory address of the next instruction to execute upon returning from the subfunction (its “...
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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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Possessive pronoun [closed]

The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana's album. The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana album. which one is correct? as to my understanding that people would not use the ...
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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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Odd possessive form of a proper name: Why does Dryden write “Lord Nonsuch his” instead of “Lord Nonsuch’s” but “Bibber’s” instead of “Bibber his”?

While researching a question posed on EL&U, I came across this list of the characters in John Dryden’s The Wild Gallant (1663), from a 1735 collection of Dryden’s works: DRAMATIS PERSONAE. ...
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possessive-before-gerund: “him sleeping with” or “his sleeping with”? [duplicate]

Did gypsies cut off man's penis in revenge for him sleeping with one of their girlfriends? Shouldn't that be his sleeping? Is the possessive-before-gerund rule still a rule on both sides of the Big ...
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Possessive-S/apostrophe in a list, including the first and second person

When adding possessive-S/apostrophe to a list, the rule is only the last person has the apostrophe if the item is shared, or everyone has one if they have the items each, e.g. John and Mary's houses =...
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Is it correct to use an apostrophe to indicate something that belongs to an object? [duplicate]

I'm 18 years old, & I'm working on a new blog. I'm trying to get all of the help that I can get with English. This is the title that I'm planning on using for the first post: Reasons for this ...
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Is it ok to end sentences with a possessive apostrophe?

I heard it's not appropriate to end a sentence with possessive apostrophe. For example: Jon has a great dog. I want one just like Jon's. Or If you want your own, similar to Jon's, then trade ...
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Correct usage of possessive. [closed]

Is it correct to say , to our darling wife and a lovely mother? Or to my darling wife a lovely mother?
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Graphotactics of possessive: the true reason for the apostrophe

I have some hypotheses for English graphotactics: 〈w〉 and 〈y〉 are optional positional variants (i.e. allographs) of 〈u〉 and 〈i〉, respectively, in digraphs that correspond with diphthongs or vowels: 〈...
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Use of possessive in “seven years' experience” [closed]

I am attempting to write a personal statement at the beginning of a resume and am having a quandry as to how to write the following: I am a super hero with seven years' experience in blowing out ...
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“Hidden layer sizes” vs “Hidden layers sizes” [duplicate]

I am writing a neural network application. In this application, a neural network can have one or more hidden layers, which can have different sizes (neuron counts). Which label would be correct: "...
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Should I write “WP page” or "WP's page?

I am writing a scientific paper and must refer to a page of Wikipedia (WP for short). Should I write "WP page" or "WP's page"? "WP's page" seems to me to be correct, but somehow it sounds strange...
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“An arc of knives deal damage” or “An arc of knives deals damage”

From a video game: Fires an arc of knives in front of the caster which deal physical damage. A forum user posted this criticism: An arc deals physical damage. The subject is arc, not knives,...
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Abbreviating company names that are possessive

If I start a sentence with a company name that is possessive, should I use the apostrophe in the abbreviation after it? The sentence reads, "DSK Lineal's (DSK or DSK's??) online geospatial..."
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How do you write “other users passwords”? [closed]

Should I write "You are not authorised to change other users passwords" or "You are not authorised to change other user's password"? Which is correct?
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Use of apostrophe in adjective phrase containing a possessive

I work and write for a tech company that has created many first-in-the-world technologies. In press releases, I often write something like “[Company name] today announced another world’s first with ...
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Why do we write “Fourier's law” but “Soret effect”?

Can you explain why do we write e.g. Fourier's law, Ohm's law, Newton's law of cooling, etc. but Soret effect, Dufour effect instead of Soret's effect, Dufour's effect? What is the principle?
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Should the noun 'dressing' be plural after a list of adjectives?

When offering multiple salad dressing choices, should it be "ranch and Italian dressing" or "ranch and Italian dressings"?
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Why isn't a definite article used before “a labyrinth”?

The following is from NY Times. "The decline is the result of the rise of untraditional business structure, the effects of a more globalized economy, and a labyrinth of subsidies and tax credits."...
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“My Mum's” instead of “My Mum's place”: short form only used for places/homes?

In expressions such as We went to John's house. The party was at my Mum's place. it seems to be quite common to leave out "house" and "place", leading to We went to John's. The ...
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Showing possession when the noun is defined by a word in parentheses

Document Title: Plaintiff's Interrogatories to Defendant There are multiple plaintiffs. We typically define the plaintiff as, "Plaintiffs (Smith) want to object...etc." and this particular plaintiff ...
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Possession with the noun “need” [closed]

I am writing a open paper (formal writing) but I don't know what is the correct usage of grammar for the phase: The journal's needs for “impact” and to follow hot topics... or The needs of ...
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Does the apostrophe in names of diseases drop when the disease name is part of a foundation name?

Many diseases are named after the doctor who identified the diseases and therefore have names like Hodgkin's Disease or Parkinson's Disease. But when a fund or foundation is created to raise money ...
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Possessive apostrophe for song title ending in a exclamation and in quotes

I'm subbing a piece a of writing that contains the following sentence. ‘Press Heavenwards!’ exclamation mark gives away a Godspeed influence. 'Press Heavenwards!' is a song title that includes ...
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When do I use the possessive with “Tiffany & Co”? [duplicate]

Is there a grammatical reason for Tiffany & Co being made possessive in Breakfast at Tiffany's?
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Jenkins' vs Jenkins's vs Jenkins'es [duplicate]

While my question applies to Jenkins (software) which was named after Jenkins named meant to evoke a feel of English butler, there is a historical precent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_Jenkins'...
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Adjacent words with apostrophes to show possession [closed]

Is it correct to end adjacent words in 's to show possession? For example "My neighbour's dog's ball is always in my yard", or should it be "My neighbour dogs ball is always in my yard" or ...
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Using “our” in this situation

I asked my gf if her family was okay due to a natural disaster in her hometown. She replied to me, "our family are okay." To me, I can't help smiling. I feel like she counts me in. In fact, I know ...
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What's the posessive form of address

What would be the correct possessive form of address? I was working on a project, and one of the error messages was You can't spoof the address' domain A colleague of mine pointed out that this ...
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I'm looking for the possessive of 'boss' [duplicate]

What is the possessive of boss; ie, how do you describe the son of the boss?
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Why don't we use an apostrophe to denote ownership on 'it'? [duplicate]

We use apostrophes to denote ownership: I wrapped the cat's claws so he wouldn't scratch me while I handled him. However, we don't use an apostrophe when 'it' is the owner. The cat licked ...
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Are there other grammatical ways to say, “I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck's”? [duplicate]

I would like to ask why the following sentence is only possible according to grammatical rules: I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck's What's wrong with "I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck" or "I'm ...
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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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“Members’ gallery” vs. “members gallery” [duplicate]

What would I use when setting up a gallery for many members to submit to? I am thinking, Members’ Gallery, as it is a gallery belonging to all the members, but I frequently see the use of just ...
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Possessive apostrophe for owner of owner of owner of

I've read Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities and "Nikki's and Alice's X" vs. "Nikki and Alice's X", but my ...
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“Of her brother's” or “of her brother”? [duplicate]

Is there a difference in whether brother is explicitly possessive in sentences like this? A friend of her brother's called A friend of her brother called Perhaps both are correct; do ...
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Can I mix singular and plural for a possessive?

I want to talk about a specific woman. She is the wife of one of my cousins. So I have several cousins, but not each of them has a wife, and those who have one obviously only have one. Can I say "...
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Are there any rules for genitive case not indicating possesion? [duplicate]

My teacher, a native English speaker, was quite puzzled when I asked this and could not answer this question. Why there is: child seat but children's love //why these are different ...
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“Britain’s recovery outstrips the world”

The title of one of the leading articles in today's (London's) Times is: Britain’s recovery outstrips the world Shouldn't it be Britain's recovery outstrips the world's?
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Should an apostrophe be used with a z at the end of a word?

I know that if a word ends with an s then it should be made plural or possessive by use of an apostrophe with no extra s (e.g. "Thomas Harris' book was a riveting read." as opposed to "Gary Barlow's ...
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'The company I work for' cannot be shortened to 'My company'? [duplicate]

My English teacher said that it's not correct to say 'my company' for indicating the company I work for, because 'my company' means the company I own. But I don't think this kind of confusion happens ...
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Possessive case for a certain proper noun - ss apostrophe [duplicate]

In the case of the proper noun Ross, which of the following would be correct? Ross's Ross'
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Apostrophe with Singular Proper Noun made up on Plural Word [duplicate]

I'm normally pretty confident with my punctuation, but this one has been stumping me, and it's probably because I don't know the proper phrasing for what I'm trying to ask: How to we add a possessive ...
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Double apostrophe-s?

I want to say parking of McDonald's, i.e. using an apostrophe S. Would I say McDonald's's parking?
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Possessive of “day” for “day's leave” [duplicate]

I need to request leave for one day and for more than one day. What's the correct way of using the word day? Which is correct for a single day of leave? 1 day's leave 1 day leave What ...
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Which is right for the possessive: “companys” or “company’s”? [duplicate]

How should one form the word company when something belongs to a company? Is the correct form companys, or should it be company’s instead?