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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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" ...
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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 ...
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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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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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?
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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 ...
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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?
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“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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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? ...
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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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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.
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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 ...
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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
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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?
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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
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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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“Boys bicycle” vs. “boy's bicycle” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: User’s Guide vs Users’ Guide When describing, for example, a bicycle for boys as "a boys bicycle", should it be "boy's" or "boys"? The phrase is not implying ownership ...
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Is “today's” grammatical as a singular possessive? [closed]

Is the following correct? Today's easy to use models can come in handy for a variety of purposes. Is today's correct as a singular possessive?
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Using apostrophes with plural and possession

We have something going to print today, but everyone in the office is arguing as to where to correctly place the apostrophe in the sentence (if at all!) The sentence is: Bring your event into the ...
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“Thank you for your coming” and “Thank you for your understanding” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Thank you for coming” and “Thank you for your coming” The first one seems ungrammatical, as pointed by some of native speakers. But the latter ...
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“Griwes’s” vs “Griwes’ ” for possessive of “Griwes” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which singular names ending in “s” form possessives with only a bare apostrophe? Today on IRC, I used form Griwes’ and I was instantaneously corrected that the ...
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“A similar hat to Jane” vs “A hat similar to Jane’s”

Of late I have noticed British people using the following sort of construct: John and Jane make such a cute couple because John always wears a similar hat to Jane. To my ear, that is ...
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When is it appropriate to use 'the' instead of a possessive determiner?

I was with someone today and we were talking about a woman, and she said: "Wow, the husband must be so proud." I was confused as to which was correct or more appropriate as opposed to: "Wow, ...
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Analysis's output vs output of the analysis [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Apostrophe “s” vs “Of” possessive connecting word for inanimate object Once again I'm not sure if I should use possessive or atributive or ...
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Possessive form of inanimate subject [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car's antenna”? Is it "role of the FRG" or "the FRG's role"? I know that although the FRG is not a person, ...
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Grammar and sentence structure check [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What possessive forms are used for mutual 1st person ownership? My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner Possessive for a third person and a first person My and ...
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Correct use of possession for the plural 'ladies' [closed]

At a clothing store, you might see a sign saying Men's Clothing, and the possessive use of the apostrophe correctly indicates that the clothing is suited towards the group "Men" (i.e. more than one ...
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Which singular names ending in “s” form possessives with only a bare apostrophe?

Many questions already ask about this topic (What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? , Adding apostrophe-s to a singular noun already ending in “s”, etc.) and their answers vary, but ...