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

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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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The usage of “myself” - possessive

I was reading through some of the posts regarding reference to something "possessed" by more than one person, and I can't seem to find an agreement of the usage of of myself. Is it correct to say the ...
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Possessive apostrophes

I found this question, and while it's close it doesn't quite answer my question. English isn't my first language, and I've noticed something that I'm doing without really thinking about it when I ...
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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 one 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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showing possession for inanimate

There are some exceptions to using ’s for showing possession for inanimate nouns. For example, it isn’t correct to write door’s handle but today’s world is correct. Could you please explain more ...
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Could the possessive pronoun be eligible for the pronoun “the latter”?

He leaned heavily and wearily upon Mason's arms while the latter sustained him as best he could. In the above sentence, "the latter" seems to indicate "Mason", but I'm not sure that the possessive ...
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What is the possessive form of blocked?

What is the possessive form of blocked when used as a verb. For example: Remove the friend I blocked’s material.
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Possessive: Doctors Surgery or Doctor's Surgery?

I'm a primary school teacher and have just printed off some material based on the doctor(')s surgery. I would have put an apostrophe into this as the surgery belongs to the doctor however, I've looked ...
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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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Sword of Damocles

In an amusing Greek parable, Dionysius II teaches his courtier Damocles that luxury and wealth also come with responsibility and peril. This has given rise to the term Sword of Damocles. However, ...
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What is the correct way to show tiered possession?

When there are multiple places where possession is shown, how are the words structured? A few examples: Greg's son's laptop is on fire. Mary's friends' boat is sinking. Thomas's neighbor's cat ate ...
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Possessive for name with implied plural [duplicate]

As a rule (unless this really is a case-by-case basis) what's the correct possessive form for a company name that is pluralized for the singular? For example, the company "JetBrains" uses the plural ...
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How to handle the possessive case of the name Franks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? When did it become correct to add an 's' to a singular possessive already ending in 's'? Hey guys ...
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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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Apostrophe use in singular (and parenthesized plural) possessive noun(s)

How would one combine the sigular and plural possessive forms of contractor into one form? Like for example contractor’(s’). A friend of mine is busy editing a fairly technical document and arrived ...
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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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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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The house of a friend of Bob’s

How do I say (a friend of Bob’s)’s house? It’s like a double possesive. Bob’s friends are a class of people. Tom, a friend of Bob’s denotes that he is one among Bob’s friends. Now what if I want to ...
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Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X” Consider describing the wedding of X and Y. If I want to avoid the overly-formal ...
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Possessive apostrophe for owner of owner of owner of

I've read Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities and "Nikki's and Alice's X" vs. "Nikki and Alice's X", but my ...
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St. John's greatest dinner: how to indicate a possessive of a noun which already ends apostrophe - s [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: If the cricket ground Lord's is a possessive, what if you want to describe something belonging to Lord's? Here's a tricky one that I can't quite figure out the ...
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Possessive of a word that is already possessive

If the cricket ground Lord's is a possessive, what if you want to describe something belonging to Lord's? Would you say "I was very impressed by Lord's's customer services"? It doesn't look right, ...
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What is the possessive form of Bliss as a proper noun? [duplicate]

My daughter is named Bliss. We want to know how to label things like "Bliss's Toy Box" or would it be "Blisses Toy Box" or "Bliss' Toy Box" as you can tell I'm quite confused... Help please :)
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Is it grammatical to indicate possession to objects using the verb “to have”?

I was taught that "objects don't own anything", so I couldn't say that "the city has many great pubs". Instead, I had to use "there are many great pubs in the city". Was I taught right, ...
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Ownership by other people, but not a collective

How do we write the possessive form for "people?" For instance, let's say that I manage money for other people. The people are individuals, here, not a collective (a people). Which is correct, and ...
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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? [closed]

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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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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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 ...