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

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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 ...
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Why do you think the Oxford English Dictionary modified their definition of “of?” [closed]

Of 'of': Expressing Possession and Being Possessed I would like to discuss changes made to the definition of 'of' in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) from the 1989 edition to the 2010 edition. ...
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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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Usage of the gerund preceded by the possessive pronoun

I read this thread on the usage of the gerund preceded by the possessive pronoun with much interest. I have another question about the usage of the gerund preceded by the possessive pronoun. In a ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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“Today's assumption” or “todays assumption” — which is valid grammar?

We (non native English-speakers) are writing a paper and are wondering if the following construct is valid English: Yesterday's assumption is no longer valid. Specifically the apostrophe after ...
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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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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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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 ...