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

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Which one is correct? earth treasures , or earth's treasures

I want to know which one is correct? We illuminate earth treasures. or we illuminate earth's treasures.
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Does “In the event of …” take the genitive case?

Is insisting on a genitive pronoun after "In the event of ..." pedantry or correct? For example: "In the event of ..." his/him winning the election my/me dying our/us leaving For those who ...
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“s” + Apostrophe [duplicate]

Our editorial office is more talented than The New York Times'. In this sentence why is it Times' and not Times's?
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Where should the apostrophe go on a possessive abbreviation?

When expanding an abbreviation in parentheses, sometimes the thing that was abbreviate was used in a possessive context. Consider the following example: If the Giant Ostrich Bomb's (GOB) fuse is ...
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Why “themselves” and “himself”

In the earliest grades of elementary schools, students learn that "hisself" and "theirselves" are not words. I do not understand why this is. If you wanted to refer to 'his' sock, you would say "his ...
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Post genitive usage

I am writing an introduction to a mathematical text and have to convey the authorship of certain ideas and theorems. However, I am unsure which of the phrases I wanted to use are actually proper ...
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Possessive pronouns

Does a first-person possessive pronoun have to come last if it is in a list with others?" "My irresponsible sister loves jewelry, so she took both Sally's and mine. "The same room was marked ...
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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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“the growth of he and his sister” in this sentence from the Guardian

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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“List of tasks” or “tasks' list”

Which of these forms is better: list of tasks or tasks' list? Another question is whether I should use an apostrophe or not (tasks's list vs tasks list). Other phrases which are similar to this, but ...
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Omitting the possessive case correctly [duplicate]

I forgot how exactly the rule in English is called where you can omit the usual possessive case 's and s' if we're speaking about a row of nouns and instead just put them in front of each other (with ...
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When do you use the construction seen in “the knights of the round table” to indicate possession?

This question comes up very often in my language classes, as this particular construction more closely resembles the way you would indicate possession in Dutch. Many of my students use 'the X of Y' ...
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What is the best word for possessive determine his/her

Is there any word or any rule that we can use instead of writing his/her all the time for possessive determines E.g: Student can come with his/her bag. - Student can come with their bag. Is it ...
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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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Double possession dilemma: should I say “your” or “yours”?

What is the best way to say this? Because of yours and the John Wichel Foundation’s grant we are able to continue our mission to serve all Texans with diabetes. Should it be Because of your ...
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“Whose” for things that aren't people [duplicate]

What is the proper possessive word to use, as an equivalent to "whose", when referring to something that isn't a person? For example: "I worked on a project whose name I do not recall." Is it OK to ...
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Using possessive apostrophe s of a singular abbreviation that ends with s

Which one is correct? 1- The OPS structure. 2- The OPSs structure. 3- The OPS's structure. 4- The OPS' structure. OPS: A singular abbreviation.
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use of possessive case with compound object

I need advice on the meaning of the phrase "in respect of the employer's employees or former employees" I would read that phrase as equivalent to the phrase "in respect of the employer's employees or ...
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Double possessive of a single noun [closed]

I am writing a question for a quiz. I need some advice on what the "right" way to word the question. The question follows a short passage in a foreign language. The question is asking about the ...
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What is the difference between phrases “buyer name” and “buyer's name”?

I really confused about using of possessive adjectives. One another example - "type of something" (type of thing) and something type (thing type) - what is the difference? Where and when should I use ...
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Possesives of Multiple Objects

How does one describe the possessives of multiple parties? For example the apples of Mark and the oranges of Fred. Would it be: Mark and Fred's apples and oranges Or perhaps: Mark's and ...
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Do any style guides recommend an apostrophe at the end for double possessors? (John and Jacks' house)

I am aware that the universally accepted style is to put an apostrophe-s at the end of the second possessor's name. Example: Amy and Steve's car My question is not whether that is the common rule; ...
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Can I mix singular and plural for a possessive?

I want to talk about a specific woman. She is the wife of one of my cousins. So I have several cousins, but not each of them has a wife, and those who have one obviously only have one. Can I say "...
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surpass he or his, possessive or pronoun

Mary and John were given the same task. In the end, Mary's work is better, and far exceeds his/him. Is "him" grammatically incorrect here?
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Is it right to say “Jack's father's mother's books”? [duplicate]

To mention possessions, how many possessive nouns and possessives are we allowed to have in a sentence. Is it right to say?: Jack's father's mother's brother's house
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'lead to someone doing something' OR 'lead to someone's doing something'

Under the entry lead (v.), Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (5th edition) lists: lead to someone doing something example: His actions could lead to him losing his job. However, ...
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How do you show possession with the word “year” (“year's” vs.“years”)?

So, I develop for a company that does workplace-surveys. And one of our report-formats has just been translated into English. And with it a description on how to read the reports. This description ...
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Why use “his” in association with the word “mankind”?

The economist Keynes in a book wrote: The power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked characteristic of mankind. I would have used "its" instead but since English is not my ...
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Correct Grammar Surrounding “Asylum Seeker Children”

I was wondering what the most appropriate wording would be for the following instance. Today I will be illustrating the complexity of the issue that is whether or not asylum seeker children ...
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Is there any rule on using possessive s [closed]

Why is "table's row/leg/dimensions/size (and many more)" correct but not "(the) car's radio" please? Is there any clear rule on using the possessive s in English please?
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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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“in you_ and your family’s best interests”

I’ve seen this picture of a leaflet being tweeted today. It’s supposedly issued by the UK government and distributed widely: Am I overlooking something or does it really contain the grammar error ...
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the basement door

1) We opened the basement door and entered it. 2) We opened the basement's door and entered it. 3) We opened the door of the basement and entered it. Which of the above sentences are correct? It ...
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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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How to use possessive form for proper nouns that already have an apostrophe [duplicate]

How would one write a possessive form for a proper noun that already has an apostrophe-s in it? For example, I want to use the possessive form of "McDonald's" maybe in the sentence "The Market Street ...
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Genitive without apostrophe or s?

I have to translate the title of my college work and I can't decide whether it is correct to say "Colleagues rating system" or "Colleagues' rating system", because I have often seen examples where ...
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apostrophes : girls' and boys' team

Quoting businesswritingblog.com: The girls' and boys' teams are both in the playoffs. (Both girls and boys have their own team--both have their own apostrophe.) The girls and boys' team ...
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Why isn't a definite article used before “a labyrinth”?

The following is from NY Times. "The decline is the result of the rise of untraditional business structure, the effects of a more globalized economy, and a labyrinth of subsidies and tax credits."...
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How to Correctly Imply Possession for the Surname “Camus”

My surname is Camus. Spoken by the French it is correctly pronounced "Camu" (loosing the "s"), but spoken by the English it is all too often pronounced "Camus" using the "s". This leads to a slight ...
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apostrophe that goes with a noun which precedes a relative clause

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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is withs or with's correct [duplicate]

In the phrase 'The person I'm in contact withs name is Dan Smith' is this correct or is it with's or is if it wrong altogether what should it be.
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Possessive of already possessive proper noun! [duplicate]

I was wondering how to write the possessive form of a proper noun that is already in a possessive form (confusing, I know...) My company's name is Tuc's Contracting. If I were to write the possessive ...
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Wonder's hood end, or is it wonderhood's end?

-hood is the suffix indicating a place or condition, i.e. childhood, neighborhood, etc. At times I have considered the title of the Arthur Clarke novel CHILDHOOD'S END and have wondered if CHILD'S ...
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about the usage of “the” before a possession construction [duplicate]

There are examples I took from Murphy's English Grammar in Use, Unit 81B the Carters' house Mr and Mrs Carter's house I couldn't understand why the latter goes like that and not like "the Mr and ...
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I'm not sure if “'s” is valid in this sentence

While writing an academic paper on chemistry, I have to write a section, entitled: Cumene hydroperoxide's dissociative adsorption. My question is, would it be correct to write it without 's ? In ...
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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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How to Write Possessives in Multiple Nouns when Using “Attention” [duplicate]

Which is correct? He raised his hands to get John, Stephen and Joyce's attention. or He raised his hands to get John's, Stephen's and Joyce's attention. Since attention is something that can't ...
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Company's departments (offices): New York's department (office) or New York department (office)

What is the proper way to list company's departments (offices) which are located in several cities? New York's department: +1-212-123... San Francisco's department: +1-415-321... or New York ...
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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 ...