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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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Saxon Genitiv or of-genitive? - e.g. 'the family's' vs 'of the family' [closed]

If you look up the rules for the use of the Saxon genitive, grammar textbooks will tell you that it is used with nouns that refer to persons or animals. However, a search on google yields the ...
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Saxon genitive to identify algorithms, methods, techniques, theorems,

When identifying an algorithm or theorem, which of these two sentences is preferred, Seifert's algorithm or Seifert algorithm? Does it have to do with the "prestige" of the algorithm/theorem? I mean ...
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Informal language: “you guy’s” vs. “your guy’s” [duplicate]

You guys and Your guys are somewhat informal in English language. Typical example usages: Do you guys want to come around to watch movies tomorrow night? Is addressing a party of more than ...
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Is the saxon genitive missing in the song title “Hells Bells”?

I am confused by title of song by AC/DC: Hells Bells. Shouldn't it be Hell's Bells (meaning "bells from hell") or Hells' Bells (meaning "bells from hells")? Or is it just a slack language common for ...
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Exam day or exam's day? [closed]

What one's correct? I will see you on the exam day I will see you on the exam's day Today is the exam day Today is the exam's day And why?
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Am I using the saxon genitive where I shouldn't?

I have been edited in some SE post while using the saxon genitive in the next sentence, where I'm referring to the ToC of the corresponding MWE. In this' MWE ToC A and B should link to the same ...
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“[somebody]'s theme” vs “[somebody] theme” — Saxon genitive dillema

When is it required to use 's in phrases like below (examples taken from Wikipedia)? James Bond theme 007 theme Boba Fett motif Droids motif Yoda's theme ... Are there any rules for eliding Saxon ...
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Saxon genitive and “et al.”

I am writing a scientific paper. In this context, it is usual to cite other works with the last name of the first author followed by "et al." when there are many. If I want to use a possessive form, ...
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“Moon's Land ” or “Land of Moon”?

What is the difference between Moon's Land and Land of Moon? Do both expressions have the same meaning or how do they differ? When do we use each one of these, if they do have different meanings?
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Possessive and plural suffixes for proper nouns ending in -s [closed]

With a name that ends in -s, such as Travis or Lewis, where and when should you use -es, -'s, -s or just leave it alone to both pluralise, and to infer belonging to? E.g., if the ball belongs to ...
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Formal saxon genitive usage [duplicate]

since James Jeans was that famous British physicist, shouldn't there be: Jeans's instability instead of: Jeans instability (wiki link) I have read couple (maybe not all) of saxon genitive ...
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What's the genitive of “someone else”?

This is Konrad. He has a dog. Hence, it's Konrad's dog. This is someone else. He has a cat. Hence it's someone else's cat. Hence it's someone's else cat. Hence it's someones else cat. Hence it's ...
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Saxon Genitive or adjective

When does a noun can be used as a adjective avoiding the use of saxon genitive? I am writing a tittle that states: "FDA's, EPA's, and TTB's regulations", but I would like to avoid using the saxon ...
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When do we use “of” rather than “ 's” to show possession? [duplicate]

It is a very simple word but I am quite confused when I write formal documents. I do not know exactly when to use the of rather than 's. For example: The value of the mean or The mean's value. ...
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How to Construct an Unambiguous Joint Possessive that Follows a Verb?

How to Construct an Unambiguous Joint Possessive that Follows a Verb? I've read that when writing about multiple possessors who jointly posses a thing, the common practice is to add a Saxon-genitive ...
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How to denote possession with “Bureau of Statistics” [duplicate]

When denoting possession with Bureau of Statistics, does one use "Bureau's of Statistics" or "Bureau of Statistics'"? E.g. according to the Bureau's of Statistics Consumer Price Index ...
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“Whomever runs it's” or “whomever runs its”?

I know that "its" is the possessive form of "it", but does this rule apply to the possessive form of phrases ending in "it"? Should I say, "the program runs on whomever runs its computer" or "the ...
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Possession in Compound Nouns [duplicate]

In a compound noun with a postpositive adjective, such as "Director-General" or "Court Martial," the noun is pluralized by using the plural form of the first word (i.e. "Directors-General" or "Courts ...
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Saxon genitive usage question

My colleagues are in the design department of a given product, and when asked to add that information to the e-mail signature, they have written: ProductName's Design I'm objecting that the ...
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Do things use apostrophe for indicating possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car's antenna”? If someone owns something I would say: Mom's car. But if the owner is not a person, does ...
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Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car's antenna”?

I know that to mark possession of an item you can use 's like in the following example: The user's password shall not be blank. However, is it correct to use the following: The car's antenna ...