This tag applies to questions on possessives formed with an apostrophe and "s" ('s) for indicating ownership.

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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 ...
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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 it ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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“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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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 ...