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

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Saxon genitive of a plural noun

I've recently encountered this message: "Invalid arguments' number". My brain has immediately corrected it to "Invalid number of arguments", but this got me thinking about the nuances of using the ...
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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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People's belongings or peoples' belongings? [on hold]

I refuse to look after other people's belongings. I refuse to look after other peoples' belongings. Which is correct? We're talking about the belongings that potentially belong ...
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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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Using definitive article or possessive pronoun?

I have the following sentence: By selecting an element, a dialogue box opens in which the user selects or defines distinguishing features of the anchor node based on the node’s attributes (e.g. id ...
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When must a gerund be preceded by a possessive pronoun as opposed to an accusative one?

I was recently reading this very interesting post here: When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive pronoun? In this thread, it is argued persuasively that we could use either his or ...
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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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When to use the three diferent forms of possessive

I don't speak English, so I hope you understand. I've seen and read that the apostrophe ('s) is used for people and not for objects, and “of” must be used for objects and not for people and in some ...
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“Our Today's Meeting” or “Our meeting that is scheduled for today” [closed]

Is it correct to say: We shall discuss it in our today's meeting. Or would it be more correct to say something longer like: We shall discuss it in our meeting that is scheduled for ...
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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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Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?

One of the answers to this question states that "We shall discuss it in our today's meeting" is grammatically correct. To me, that sentence is clearly wrong. While in today's meeting is fine and in ...
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Help with CD title for Swedish historical society

I would be very grateful for some help with this title for a CD. "Andrew & Elsa Peterson – the genuine pioneer story" The CD issuers from a historical society want to put the above as title. ...
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what is correct way to write this sentence? Ragen's and Connor's graduation (both boys are graduating from different schools

Both my boys will be graduating from two different schools and in an invitation I'm inviting everyone to "Ragen's and Connor's graduation". So I show possessive for with both boys and would the word ...
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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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Help…is it “Consumer's Needs” or “Consumers' needs” ? or “Consumers Needs”?

I am doing a presentation for a packaged goods company...is it "Consumer's Changing Needs" or "Consumers' Changing Needs" or "Consumers Changing Needs" ? Context: It is for a slide headline that is ...
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Where should the apostrophe be placed in “Goats Milk”?

Milk from goats is available in supermarkets. On the shelves of our local store in England, I have found cartons boldly labelled all three of Goats Milk Goat's Milk Goats' Milk Most brands ...
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“You” or “your” when using two subjects with a possession?

I came across your and Mr X's publication or I came across you and Mr X's publication
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Difference in pronunciation between “your” and “you're”?

I'm a native English speaker (Texas counts, I suppose), and I pronounce "your" to rhyme with "core", and "you're" to rhyme with "cure". Is it just me or did I pick this up somewhere?
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What's the subject? “You telling me that is galling.”

Reading other questions, a sentence from this question, A single word for "hurting of one's pride", caught my eyes. You telling me that my question asking abilities are poor is very galling. I ...
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What is the correct possessive form of “Drs. Smith”

I want to address two Doctor Smiths via the abbreviation Drs. Smith; what is correct the possessive form of that (plural) noun phrase? Is it Drs. Smith's? An example sentence: Drs. Smith's house is ...
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Loved one's or ones' [closed]

Can someone explain to me which would the correct form of ones in this statement: Have family members stated it took too long to respond to their loved one's/ones' complaints? I know it would ...
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Apostrophes and caps in Happy Mother’s Day / Happy Mothers’ Day

So, I’m writing this as it is Mother’s (or maybe Mothers’) Day today, and I was wondering what would be a correct way to write that. Should the apostrophe come be between the r and the s, or after ...
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Mother love or mother's love?

I found the following lines from a book written on philosophy: "The love of a mother for her child is neither Buddhist nor Christian: it is mother love." Is it possible to express "mother love" as it ...
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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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How do I refer to all the properties of one document among many documents? [duplicate]

There are many documents, and each document has many properties. I am trying to say "the properties of one of the documents" I believe that it is correct to say One of the documents' properties ...
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What is the correct possessive form of “One of the guys”? [closed]

Which one should it be? One of the guys' One of the guy's EDIT: Never mind, I think I answered my own question. I realized it would probably be related to the object being possessed. E.g.: "One ...
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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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Meaning of “my boyfriend's back.”

Is "my boyfriend's back" ambiguous, i.e. is there a way to tell if boyfriend's possessive or is it a contraction of boyfriend and is? Does this ambiguity have a name? With pronouns this is clear: ...
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Possessive followed by negative gerund

Is it correct to say this? Her not paying attention to the class annoys me.
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“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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What is the correct possessive of “the Lady with the Curved Nose”? [duplicate]

For example: The Lady with the curved nose love letters This question arises from the Doyle short story "Charles Augustus Milverton", in which a Lady, who is described as having a curved nose, ...
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Use of Apostrophe s to show possession when the noun is singular but ends with s [duplicate]

Should I use apostrophe-s('s) or only a apostrophe(') with the noun to show possession when the noun is singular but it ends with s.
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The companies money or the companies' money [closed]

Is there an apostrophe and where if you are writing about multiple companies such as in the example below? The companies money.
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Possessive with multi-word subject [closed]

If my subject is "the side in question", is it OK to ask, "Do you have the side in question's cell phone number?" or "What are the side in question's intentions?" I hope someone can help clarify this ...
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Multiple things belonging to a group of people? [closed]

This phrase is coming up over and over in the paper I'm editing... basically the author is talking about the many different things all belonging to a group of people. For example (these are not the ...
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Which one is correct “et al.’s” or “et al.”?

I want to use the possessive noun form with et al. as in et al.'s versus et al.
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If apostrophe-S is possessive, should “it's” be used when referring to an object's possessions or not? [duplicate]

For example, which is correct: The robot can then compute it's coordinates. or The robot can then compute its coordinates. What's the rule here? It seems a little inconsistent.
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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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Possessive of “it” when used as a noun to name itself [closed]

When speaking of the word "it", "it" is a noun and can double as a pronoun for itself. For example, I can say something like the following: It's first letter is an i. Its second letter is a t. ...
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Possessive form for words ending in “y”

Which of the following is correct? The fortune 500 companys' assets are vast. The fortune 500 companies' assets are vast.
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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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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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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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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 ...