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

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Why do we say a “hotel room” and not a “hotel's room”? [closed]

I would like to know what the rule is to explain why we do not use the genitive construction hotel's room. Instead, we say "a hotel room". Other examples: a hospital bed a bike stand Would ...
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A noun adjunct / the possessive case

Sometimes it’s possible to use either a noun adjunct or the possessive case. the shop door the shop’s door However, in certain phrases it’s not OK to do so. the ship’s crew (the ship crew ...
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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 ...
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Are there cases where a possessive pronoun is omitted?

Are there cases where the possessive adjective is omitted in a sentence, or is it always used? For example, in a sentence like "Susan was walking with her hands in her pockets", is it necessary to ...
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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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Can “that” have a possessive form? [duplicate]

For example: It's a statue that's base is made of gold. The thing is, I'm pretty sure "that's" can only mean "that is" and I don't think I've ever seen "thats."
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'Sarah and Jane's philosophy of life' or 'Sarah's and Jane's philosophy of life'? [duplicate]

I am not sure. I want to say 'Jane's and Sarah's etc' but the 'etc' being both's, is it written 'Jane and Sarah's etc.'? And is this always the case or are there exceptions? Thanks
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“My” twice in a sentence

To settle a disagreement, is the following sentence grammatically correct? It's slowing my paying my debts off.
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How to pronounce “users' email”? [closed]

Minutes ago, I was reading an article "Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim rights to read user emails". As usual I was reading it out loud, and I was stuck at "Following the revelation that Microsoft ...
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How to use a the possessive “s” after a dot?

How can I use an apostrophe to show possession after a dot? Example: Martin Luther King Jr.'s world-view. Is this correct?
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When can you omit the possessive on an honorific?

I was considering honorifics and I realized that sometimes we include and sometimes we omit a possessive in front of them. I was wondering if there was a formal rule for such? For example: Your ...
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Is the idiom, “one person's word against another” or “another's”?

A common idiom is: This is just one person's word against another. Is the correct form another or another's? I assumed the extended forms would be: This is just one person's word against ...
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“Saying/doing it from your heart” vs. “Saying/doing it from heart”

What is the difference between the following two? They didn't play the game from their heart. They didn't play the game from heart. Or You didn't say that from your heart You ...
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What is a “Norman genitive”? [closed]

I have encountered such a term, and I have no idea what it is. Could it be 'of'?
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Your Site Visitors or Your Site’s Visitors?

Your site/site’s visitors are very active. How is correct to write: your site visitors or your site’s visitors?
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Reverse relationship of Belong?

Consider the phrase: "That shovel belongs to Tim." which when you reverse the subject becomes: "Tim owns that shovel" However there is another use of belong, which means membership of. "Susan ...
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“My one” vs Mine

I've heard someone say "Here's my one" instead of "Here's mine". Is the former grammatical? It seems like it's a shortcut for "Here's one that is mine".
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Plural possessives of words not ending in s

So I know the difference between "the dog's owner" and "the dogs' owner," but I'm wondering how to write the possessive for a word like maxima. Is it as easy as "the maxima's positions" or is there ...
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I get so confused in possessive pronouns [duplicate]

Can you please correct these sentences. 1.Can I click a picture of yours. 2.Do you know the email address of John's? 3.I think of both of yours betterment. 4.You are a friend of John's.
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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 ...
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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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Did “Mrs” originally imply possession?

Was Mrs ever intended to mean Mr's, as in mister's to indicate possession? I started thinking about this when someone brought a breakdown of the word history (his-story) to my attention. It ...
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possessive form of nouns ending in “x” [duplicate]

Where a noun ends with the letter x, is it proper for the possessive form of the word to end with 's or simply ' ? Example 1: "It is Xerox' position that it owns the patent." vs. "It ...
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What does “day's” mean?

I understand what the sentence The house is a full day’s journey from here means, but I’m wondering what day’s is short for in this expression. It doesn’t match any pattern I know. A couple of ...
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“At someone's place” vs. “at someone's house” vs. “at someone's”

Do the three phrases convey the same meaning when we're referring to the place where one lives?
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ACME technology or ACME's technology

EDIT 2: The nuance difference may be subtle, maybe even subliminal to most people, but still important to me. I don't think there's one right answer to this question (but maybe there is), as any ...
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wooden, golden, oaken - Genitive?

A few nouns can be transformed into an adjective meaning "made of that noun (also: being like that noun)" by adding -en. golden, wooden, oaken, stonen Are those remnants of an old noun ...
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[pronoun]'ve for possessives [duplicate]

My sister just wrote me, "I've a meeting a noon." The contraction "I've" stuck out. I've always thought the contraction was limited to the perfect tense, and do not recognize it as an indicator of ...
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Newton Law vs Newton’s Law [duplicate]

Do I need an apostrophe-s in reference to major concepts? For example, I see both versions as in: Planck’s constant Planck constant Are both forms considered correct?
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“The childrens' blankets” or “The children's blankets” [closed]

I know that when we're talking about something that is possessed collectively by all children it is "children's". What about a scenario where one of the possessed nouns belongs to each individual ...
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Green's functions or Green functions [closed]

In the sciences there exists mathematical functions that are named after the British mathematician George Green. People refer to them in various ways such as: Green's function, Green's functions, ...
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Is this usage correct: “my [verb]” [duplicate]

I have been thinking of this sentence: All these factors culminated in my choosing [some life decision]. Is the usage of my choosing correct?
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agreement in plural possessives

I'll try this one more time and if I'm blocked by the system, I will give up. Which is correct: "everyone's life" or "everyone's lives"?
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Possessives ( 's ) [duplicate]

I need to know which of these sentences is right ? My room light doesn't work. or My room's light doesn't work.
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“Friend of my father” vs “friend of my father's” [duplicate]

What is the difference between this two sentences - 1. An friend of my father 2. A friend of my father's
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My son's photo vs a photo of my son

I was wondering whether it is correct to say 'this is my son's photo' meaning a photo of my son? Can the phrase 'this is my son's photo' imply a photo in which one can see someone's son or can it ...
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Using apostrophe when abbreviating “recommendations” as “reco's”

When abbreviating the word "recommendations" as "reco's", is it proper to use the apostrophe to show that it's an abbreviation, or does it conflict with a possessive apostrophe?
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Is “fish's” correct to use when referring to something that the fish owns? [closed]

Sorry if this is a remedial question for the level of English that I see here, but I'm writing an essay and need to know if this is correct. I'm trying to refer to a body that is owned by a fish. Is ...
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St. Matthew's vs. St. Matthew

What is the proper spelling: St Matthew's or St. Matthew when not followed by the word "Church". * "There will undoubtedly be tradeoffs that I will have to make if I stay with St. Matthew’s." ...
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Possessive use of company name with product name [closed]

The name of the company is SOE. The name of the product is Clarity eBallot Delivery. Would you say: SOE Clarity eBallot electronic ballot systems makes it easy to.... or: SOE's Clarity eBallot ...
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What is the proper way for indicating lives being saved? [closed]

Would an apostrophe for possession be appropriate? For instance would the following be proper use: "which directly contributed to less suffering and lives’ saved" Thanks
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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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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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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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Why doesn't “its” have an apostrophe?

I know that its is the possessive and it's is the contraction, and know when to use them. But why doesn't the possessive have an apostrophe? "The bear's eating a fish." [contraction] "The bear's ...
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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 ...