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

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How to pronounce acronyms with apostrophes?

Simple question: How do you pronounce acronyms when they're used with apostrophe to express possession? For example: In the NIH's high-risk, high-reward programmes, “if an idea isn't developing ...
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When addressing my 'Sensei', should I omit the possessive “my”?

In English, when (if ever) is it appropriate to use the possessive with a formal title when addressing someone? Kind of like I would say, "As you wish, my greatest of loves." For example, Thank ...
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“One of my friend's father” vs. “one of my friends' father” [duplicate]

Duplicate: Possessive form of “one of [a list]”? Plural possessive with separate posessions What is correct: One of my friend's father is serving in the Navy. One of my ...
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Pronunciation of 'host' in Shakespeare's time

Listening to the recent film production of Macbeth with Patrick Stewart, I noticed that Duncan says: Give me your hand. Conduct me to mine host. Obviously, it's in the text (Act 1, Scene 6). ...
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“Kitchen's wall” vs. “kitchen wall” vs. “the wall of his kitchen”

Which sentence is most common and natural? Finally, one of our neighbors broke his kitchen's wall open and got her. Finally, one of our neighbors broke his kitchen wall open and got her. ...
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A friend of Jane and Tom or A friend of Jane and Tom's?

We can say: She's a friend of mine. She's a friend of Tom's. She's a friend of my parents'. But today I saw this: She's a friend of Jane and Tom. Is it correct? Or should it be: She's a friend of ...
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“Whom” or “who” and replies to such questions

Which is the most natural way to ask the question below? Are the replies correct? (Words in parentheses show that they are optional.) Whose are these notebooks? - (Of) our students./These ...
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Use of possessive form in this phrase?

In the following phrase, we are debating if a possessive genitive form should be used or not: "Such mapping enabled the use of the classical statistical mechanics' tools" Should "classical ...
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Can 'whose' be used for objects? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the word 'whose' referring to an inanimate object correct in this sentence? Is there a more appropriate word? Basically I'm wondering if a sentence like this ...
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What is a Possessive Ending? [closed]

Can someone please explain what a Possessive Ending is and provide examples? I'm trying to get a deeper knowledge of the English language and this term came about.
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Usage of apostrophe in “baker’s dozen”

In the phrase “baker’s dozen”, why does the apostrophe indicate possession of a (single) baker? Shouldn't it indicate possession of all bakers in general? Shouldn’t it be “bakers’ dozen”?
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? [duplicate]

Duplicate of: When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition? Possessive connecting word for inanimate object I am not sure about following sentence being grammatically correct: ...
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Achilles heel and Achilles tendon

Studying possessive apostrophes I have searched on ELU the questions correlated to this matter. I have found the following: «What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s?» and ...
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Position of “of which” in the sentence [closed]

In a post here I found that both following sentences are correct..is that true? Is the first one really grammatically correct? A camera of which the wires go through the wall. A camera, the ...
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“of which” with more nouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: possessive connecting word for inanimate object I would like to know whether this could be said by using "of which": Search for a car whose color of the hood is red. ...
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Possessive form of “one of [a list]”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Plural possessive with separate posessions Which of the following is more correct? Or is there another form I'm missing? We drove to the movies in one of my buddy's ...
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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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How to handle the possessive case of the name Franks [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'? Hey guys ...
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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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“by winning” vs “by her winning” or “of her win”

I have a dilema, here's a little excerpt: Anna, an accomplished classical musician, was encouraged by her winning the prestigious award .... plans to launch a new album. Sounds really wrong. ...
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How should I correctly repeat possessives?

planning of mine, the student and the company planning of mine, the student's, and the company's Which is correct/better, and why? I would assume 2 is correct, but is 1 incorrect?
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What's the exact usage of “that of”

I think in the following sentence: Adam's answer was similar to that of clergy. "That of clergy" can be replaced by "clergy's" or "clergy's answer": Adam's answer was similar to clergy's. ...
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What's the right possessive pronoun for “nobody”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? None as plural indefinite pronoun Should ...
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Unions' Assassins' Guild or Union's Assassins' Guild?

Is it Unions' Assassins' Guild or Union's Assassins' Guild? If my English serves me, I think both are right but have slightly different meanings. Can someone shed some light?
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How to write the “plural of plural”?

I'm always confused how to write a "something of something else" in English, especially when plural is involved. For example, what would be the correct way to write the following sentences in English: ...
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Using a possessive apostrophe with an initialism [closed]

Should you write "some of the UK's longest tunnels..." or "some of the UKs longest tunnels..."?
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Possessive plural of country? [closed]

Is it countries? Country's? I originally thought the latter but this would suggest a singular country?
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What is the correct way to possessivize (if that's a word) a compound noun? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities When forming the possessive of a compound noun, does one add "'s" to both or ...
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Apostrophe before or after s? [closed]

In the sentence: The author was greatly in love with Annabel Lee and described their love for each other as greater than anyone elses’. Does the apostrophe go before or after the s in else? ...
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What is the proper plural of “a series”? [closed]

In math, we use the term series a lot, and there are many types of series. How should I craft my sentence when I have three different ones in mind to talk about? Should I settle down for a less ...
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apostrophe that goes with a noun which precedes a phrase

Suppose you wanted to place a possessive apostrophe in this sentence: Billy, who goes to my school, favorite game is tag. I know it's not standard, but I can hear kids (or older) saying an s sound ...
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Appositives with possessiveness?

I would like to say something like The boy, Adam's, favorite toy was a bike. What is the proper way to say this?
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Plural possessive with separate posessions

When we refer to a house that belongs to a family, we say "family's house". Pluralizing family gives us "families". Referring to the houses of several families, we say "families' houses". Forming the ...
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“User's expertise” or “user expertise”?

What is the correct form when referring to the expertise of a user (e.g. in programming, writing)? user's expertise user expertise
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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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“Ear doctor's” vs “Ear doctor”

In one of Stephen King's books titled "On Writing" he writes: "The next week my mother called another taxi, we went back to the ear doctor's, and I found once more lying on my side with the absorbent ...
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Can an “s”-form plural follow an “s”-form possessive?

This is best described via an example. I believe this might be technically correct, but sounds clumsy: You need to look through all the chemicals shelves There are multiple shelves, of type ...
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Plurals and possessives of quoted words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Marking plural of code words Pluralizing Keywords in Programming Languages After asking a number of questions on StackOverflow, I keep running into some of the same ...
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Why do we use 's when not abbreviating is/was?

I'm not English hence I don't know how this is called in the first place (that's why the title of this question should be changed) but what I'm referring to is this "s" used in English language to ...
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Adjective describing possession by someone else

Is there any adjective in English that would describe a quality of belonging or being in the possession of someone else who is not the speaker? In short, what adjective would you substitute for the ...
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How do you make a word like “parent(s)” possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? "Please submit your and your parent(s)' federal tax returns." Is the possessive of "parent(s)'" correctly ...
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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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Can “whose” refer to a first-person subject in the third person?

This question came from a friend. It is from a college entrance exam for non-native English speakers. Link the following sentences with "whose": I was a small kid. My classmates laughed at ...
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What possessive pronouns do have an apostrophe?

I was explaining it's vs. its to someone the other day, and I said "None of the pronouns (his, hers, theirs, yours, its, whose, ...) has an apostrophe." Later I got to wondering whether that was ...
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Members’ Benefits vs Member’s Benefits [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where should the apostrophe go in the word “beginners” in “beginners guide”? I’m currently developing a site which has a membership scheme which ...
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How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my” [closed]

Is there a way to indicate that somebody is your girlfriend without using the possessive term my? I think saying She/He is my partner/other half is OK for married people, but it doesn't feel right for ...
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Plurals, Possesives, and Proper Nouns ending with 'S' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? I just took a grammar quiz in 10th grade English Honors, and one of the questions was very interesting to me. In ...
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Why is it usually “friend of his”, but no possessive apostrophe with “friend of Peter”?

As this NGram shows, we nearly always use the possessive form of personal pronouns for friend of mine/his/ours/etc. But when it comes to actual names, we prefer friend of Peter without the possessive ...
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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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Using the apostrophe when referring to a group

Consider these sentences. The first is as I sent it to an editor. The second is as the editor sent it back, corrected as he saw it. I almost sent it back with my first version, then added the 'from' ...