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

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He or him in this sentence?

Just read this line on the Guardian: He dismantles his bedroom and helps tidy the house, daubing white paint over the pencil marks on the doorframe which have measured the growth of he and his ...
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How to indicate possessiveness of a noun of unknown plurailty

I am writing about the review process for scholarly publications. In this, I am trying to indicate the opinion of one or more reviewers. I could write "The opinion of the reviewer(s)" to convey that ...
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The plural form of: One's life work [closed]

I'm editing an essay about the two founders of a software company, and there is a sentence that currently reads: They have made it their live's work..." This looks and feels wrong, but I'm ...
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Is it plugin options or plugin’s options?

You can pass the plugin’s options in here. The plugin’s options have been saved. or You can pass the plugin options in here. The plugin options have been saved. I never know which ...
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When to use 'of' to denote possession?

When is it appropriate to use 'of' in sentences like the following? The image occupies two album spaces. vs. The image occupies two spaces of the album. or Press the red window button ...
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Antecedent 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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Usage of possessive pronouns in subordinate clause or main clause?

To my knowledge, personal pronouns and the noun they represent can be inter-swapped. So both these sentences are correct. (I may be wrong, I'm not sure.) "Unless she arrives here early, Susan will be ...
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Are these sentences right? [closed]

If any sentence from following sentences is wrong, please say why it is wrong. 1-My father has five friends. I wrote a letter to the friend of my father's who is in England. 2-My father has five ...
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Possessive form of compound subject?

Which of the following is accurate in British English to describe our own wedding? Alex and Jen's Wedding Alex's and Jen's Wedding Alex and Jens' Wedding
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Genitive: with or without “the” [closed]

I would like to know which variant is correct: "Decimal expansion of the first generalized Euler's constant" "Decimal expansion of first generalized Euler's constant" "Decimal expansion of the ...
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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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Title possession in plaintext

As far as I'm aware, titles are supposed to be italicised if Rich Text Formatting is available but wrapped in quotation marks if in a plaintext environment. So, what is the correct way to show a ...
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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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Plural Possessive of Surnames [duplicate]

For the plural possessive of a surname, would you concur that these are correct? the Rogerses' house (surname is 'Rogers') or should it be "the Rogers' house" for the plural possessive because ...
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…express a need vs …express the need vs …express our/my need

Darron expressed a need for more personal space. Darron expressed the need for more personal space. Darron expressed his need for more personal space. When to use definite article, ...
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Possessive form (of) with compound nouns

This is a main difference between the personality of good people and bad people. Is the sentence comparing personality of good people and personality of bad people? or comparing personality of ...
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Guidelines for adding 's after name of company ending in s [duplicate]

How about adding 's to the name of a company that ends in s for a possessive? Is it the same guideline (go by how it would be pronounced)? Thanks.
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use of apostrophe in a sentence [closed]

Why is an apostrophe used in some cases such as in "Children's stories," as possession, where children don't own the stories?
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Member's Price or Members Price or Member Price [duplicate]

I have a members only website. I want to place a price tag for "Members Price" is that correct or Member Price. It refers to the price a member pays.
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“user's details” or “user details” [duplicate]

user's details or user details, which one is the correct form when referring to the details of a user in a database? Regards
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Is there a name for this type of construction? E.g. possessive continuous? Is it even valid? [duplicate]

I'd like to know if this type of construction has a name, and for that matter, if it's even grammatically correct. I can remember seeing it in certain formal texts, but not as much recently: The ...
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Genitive of this

Is there a genitive form of the word this in English? For example: The color of it -> Its color The color of this -> ?
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“these days” - what is the correct usage/meaning?

Recently whilst writing a report I typed the following sentence: "Funerals still represent a celebration of the life of the deceased, but these days families and friends often use the time to ...
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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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What is the correct usage of the word “Cartesian”?

While working on an essay for my English class I included this sentence: The best solution is to take a page out of Cartesian theory and take a proven approach. However, my teacher corrected it ...
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“Sally's and Mike's bikes” or “Sally and Mike's bikes”? [duplicate]

The title really says it all. When there are two subjects in the possessive, what do we do? If "Sally's and Mike's bikes" is correct, isn't this ambiguous? (As the phrase could either be referring to ...
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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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“carbon's particles” or “carbon particles” [closed]

I'm wondering, how to use apostrophe. I've seen a lot of sites explaining how to use apostrophe to show possession, and I think I know how to use it, however I saw a lot of articles showing possession ...
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“Doctor's appointment” or “doctors appointment”?

I've looked this up online, but I can't find any explanations from reasonably credible sources, so I'm posting my question here! (Was that a comma splice?) Should I refer to the appointment that I ...
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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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How to refer to a collection of paintings by a particular artist?

For example, suppose that in an art museum a tour guide wants to refer to a room that displays paintings from Pablo Picasso, so he says, "This room has the Picasso's." Would this be correct? Or ...
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Can I use the plural form when stating the possession of just one item?

If I want to say I have something without emphasis on the quantity, are both of these sentences ok? I have an apple. I have apples. (I may just have one apple.)
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Using an apostrophe on wedding invitation [duplicate]

I am designing an RSVP, in which I give my guests the option of choosing their meal preference. I have a column for ticking the option of a kid's meal, then at the bottom I have a key for all of the ...
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What to use after a word which ends with “se” to indicate possession? [duplicate]

I apologize for the seemingly simple question. I've searched on Google for this, but could not find anything. The word "Recluse", meaning (noun) "a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid ...
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My as an adjective, posessive pronoun, or prepositional phrase?

During English class, we have been diagramming sentences, as described at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/, and have had some confusion as to whether the term "my" should be considered an adjective, ...
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Use of the possessive apostrophe [closed]

Consider a person whose name is "Lehman". In the sentence "I read Lehman's documents." why is it "Lehman's" and not "Lehmans' " ?
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How should one show possession in “and I” constructions? [duplicate]

I share an office with a co-worker and wanted to write something about the office that she and I share. Should I do something like one of these: Stacey's and I's office Stacey and I's office ?
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“of the” vs noun adjunct

Please note: This may be a complex question, references would be great, search engines do not help with "of the". Looks like we can remove the use of "of the" with a noun adjunct switching the order ...
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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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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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Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)?

Is there a pronoun I can use as a gender-neutral pronoun? Each student should save his questions until the end. Each student should save her questions until the end.
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Plural Noun--Its vs Their [closed]

I am trying to determine which sentence is correct. A) Storyboards got their name from the bulletin boards containing cartoon drawings. B) Storyboards got its name from bulletin boards containing ...
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Using possessive apostrophe with “or” [closed]

I've seen this addressed a lot with "and", but not with "or". In the three following sentences: It isn't John's or Mary's fault. It isn't John or Mary's fault. It isn't John's or Mary's ...
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“None of who’s” vs. “none of whose” [closed]

Is the following phrase grammatical? I seem to recall three people, none of who's names I can remember.
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Plural possessive of a family name [closed]

If I want to say that I spent the night at the house that belongs to the Johnsons, which of the following structures is correct: I spent the night at the Johnson's. or I spent the night at the ...
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Singular possessive apostrophe for name ending in “s” [duplicate]

Creating some copy and want to make sure singular possessive name is correct... If I have a name of an animal, Jaws, would correct grammar be, Jaws' Laws?
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Parenthesis and apostrophes

If there is a noun, then parenthesis or a comma, where should a 's go? For example: The dog (who was very big)'s ears perked up. or The dog's (who was very big) ears perked up. or The ...
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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 ...