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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Double possessive of a single noun

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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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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Saturday's class vs saturday class

everyone! I have a doubt about it: saturday's class x saturday class Which one is correct? I always get confused to know when I use 's when it comes to therms like these ones, when there isn't a ...
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“Confirmation parents' meeting” or “confirmation parents meeting”?

If a meeting is for a group of parents run by a Church, for example, would it be "Confirmation parents' meeting" or "Confirmation parents meeting"?
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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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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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Possessive adj vs. Possessive pronoun

---- idea is not worthy Fill in the blank with a possessive pronoun a."His idea is not worthy" b."Your idea is not worthy" The answer was b. But why is "His idea" wrong?
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Forming a Possesive of an Already Possesive Name (Possessive of “Xyz's” is …?)

How does one formulate a possessive of a name that is itself already in possessive form ("'s")? Is the name just treated as a unitary term and modified accordingly? Is this even possible in formal ...
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Whose Possessive?

There are some sentences that seem to be ambiguous to me and I do not know if one is correct or interpretation is left completely to context. They all follow some basic format: "The boy misunderstood ...
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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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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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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 ...