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

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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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what is the term used for adding an 'S' onto a name? [on hold]

I realise the title doesn't make much sense, it's a hard one to ask, so I will describe the situation... the other day my Ex's mother was sending me texts and said " it's always Dannies world". of ...
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Plural Noun--Its vs Their

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” [on hold]

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” [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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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Is it “she is a friend of Jennifer” or "of Jennifer's? [duplicate]

Is it "she is a friend of Jennifer" or "she is a friend of Jennifer's"? Is the apostrophe-s needed?
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“She is at the dentist's now” [migrated]

Why must we add an 's? Why "she is at the dentist's now" instead of "at the dentist"?
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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 ...
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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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do you pluralize the singular possession of a plural group?

In a situation where you are speaking to a group of men — for example on a sign passed by many married men — which is correct: "Remind your wife" or "Remind your wives"?
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When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun?

I assume that the following sentences are grammatically correct: He resents your being more popular than he is. Most of the members paid their dues without my asking them. They objected ...
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Length of sentence and its effect on a possessor

Please consider the following sentence: When a function is about to call a subfunction, it puts the memory address of the next instruction to execute upon returning from the subfunction (its ...
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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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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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“Its” as a Possessive Pronoun

Since its can be both determiner possessive pronoun and nominal possessive pronoun, an example of its as determiner possessive pronoun would be: We saved this question for last because of its ...
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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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*all of us's friend

There's this funny gap I tried to write a paper once upon a time when I studied linguistics, and I'd like to know if anyone has insight into it. The construction in question is the possessive ...
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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 ...
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What possessive forms are used for mutual 1st person ownership? [duplicate]

I want to talk to someone about the house that my wife and I own. Saying, for example, "My wife's and my house is awesome," sounds a bit funny to me. What's the best way to express this? ...
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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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Odd possessive form of a proper name: Why does Dryden write “Lord Nonsuch his” instead of “Lord Nonsuch’s” but “Bibber’s” instead of “Bibber his”?

While researching a question posed on EL&U, I came across this list of the characters in John Dryden’s The Wild Gallant (1663), from a 1735 collection of Dryden’s works: DRAMATIS PERSONAE. ...
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Possessive pronoun [closed]

The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana's album. The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana album. which one is correct? as to my understanding that people would not use the ...
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Possessive-S/apostrophe in a list, including the first and second person

When adding possessive-S/apostrophe to a list, the rule is only the last person has the apostrophe if the item is shared, or everyone has one if they have the items each, e.g. John and Mary's houses ...
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What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in “‑s”?

What is the possessive of a noun ending in ‑s? Are these both right, or is the second one wrong? the boys' books the boss' car
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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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“Your” vs. “you're”: Why the confusion?

I have seen many comments on different blogs and forums where English native speakers spelled you're as your. I'm not a native speaker, but I know and understand the difference between the two. Why is ...
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Pronunciation of the apostrophe

Is there a rule regarding the pronunciation (or lack of) of the apostrophe? I have seen this on tv: "Enchantress' wrath" pronounced as "Echantresses wrath" "Gus' schedule" pronounced as ...
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What does “a day's work” mean?

What does "a day's work" mean? Does it mean a full day's work? The quote below is taken from Charles Dickens' The Haunted House In the summertime, I often rise very early, and repair to my room ...
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possessive-before-gerund: “him sleeping with” or “his sleeping with”? [duplicate]

Did gypsies cut off man's penis in revenge for him sleeping with one of their girlfriends? Shouldn't that be his sleeping? Is the possessive-before-gerund rule still a rule on both sides of the ...
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Referring a particular website, should I use the noun adjunct or the genitive/possessive?

I'm wondering if there are any guidelines about using the noun adjunct or the possessive with a website and a company. Should I write: go to the Twitter website or go to Twitter's website? AFAIK ...
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Is it correct to use an apostrophe to indicate something that belongs to an object? [duplicate]

I'm 18 years old, & I'm working on a new blog. I'm trying to get all of the help that I can get with English. This is the title that I'm planning on using for the first post: Reasons for this ...
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Is it ok to end sentences with a possessive apostrophe?

I heard it's not appropriate to end a sentence with possessive apostrophe. For example: Jon has a great dog. I want one just like Jon's. Or If you want your own, similar to Jon's, then trade ...
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Correct usage of possessive. [closed]

Is it correct to say , to our darling wife and a lovely mother? Or to my darling wife a lovely mother?
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Use of possessive in “seven years' experience” [closed]

I am attempting to write a personal statement at the beginning of a resume and am having a quandry as to how to write the following: I am a super hero with seven years' experience in blowing out ...
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“Hidden layer sizes” vs “Hidden layers sizes” [duplicate]

I am writing a neural network application. In this application, a neural network can have one or more hidden layers, which can have different sizes (neuron counts). Which label would be correct: ...
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Unusual Possessive Cases [duplicate]

What is the plural form and the singular and plural possessive cases of the noun attorney general?
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Should I write “WP page” or "WP's page?

I am writing a scientific paper and must refer to a page of Wikipedia (WP for short). Should I write "WP page" or "WP's page"? "WP's page" seems to me to be correct, but somehow it sounds strange...
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“An arc of knives deal damage” or “An arc of knives deals damage”

From a video game: Fires an arc of knives in front of the caster which deal physical damage. A forum user posted this criticism: An arc deals physical damage. The subject is arc, not ...
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Abbreviating company names that are possessive

If I start a sentence with a company name that is possessive, should I use the apostrophe in the abbreviation after it? The sentence reads, "DSK Lineal's (DSK or DSK's??) online geospatial..."
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How do you write “other users passwords”? [closed]

Should I write "You are not authorised to change other users passwords" or "You are not authorised to change other user's password"? Which is correct?
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Why do we write “Fourier's law” but “Soret effect”?

Can you explain why do we write e.g. Fourier's law, Ohm's law, Newton's law of cooling, etc. but Soret effect, Dufour effect instead of Soret's effect, Dufour's effect? What is the principle?
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“My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner”

I just stumbled upon a Reddit post titled: My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner. How does it look? Sure enough, the top comment immediately points out that it should be "my wife's and ...
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Plural possessive with compound subject [duplicate]

Which of the following is correct? John and Becky's knowledge John's and Becky's knowledge
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Should the noun 'dressing' be plural after a list of adjectives?

When offering multiple salad dressing choices, should it be "ranch and Italian dressing" or "ranch and Italian dressings"?
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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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Why are “strauss's” and “chris mccandless's” prevalent? [duplicate]

Why "Strauss's" and "McCandless's" are prevalent. Isn't their spelling wrong? The correct ones as my school teachers taught should be "Strauss'" and "McCandless'", or am I (taught) wrong?