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Because its is a possessive pronoun My head Your head His head Her head Its head Our heads Your heads Their heads Just because its ends in an "s" doesn't mean it takes an apostrophe. To use your example, even though the claws belong to the cat you wouldn't write: The cat licked hi's claws. Similarly, you don't write: The cat licked it's claws. ...


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Usually native speakers would prefer the phrase: I'm reading a novel by Steinbeck by denotes authorship, of and the possessive apostrophe are instead associated with ownership. Compare: "I'm reading a book of my father" which is ambiguous without previous or further context. (1) The book might be about my father; (2) he could be the owner of the said ...


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The first example is the correct usage as it is the object of the nephew of your uncle's sister. It's my uncle's sister's nephew's object It does not matter how many people are in the list, each one will still have a possessive apostrophe in a list like this. It's my uncle sister nephew's object This doesn't make any sense as it ...


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Our, us, we can always refer to (addressee is the person spoken to): the speaker and and the addressee the speaker and a third party the speaker, the addressee and a third party Some languages have different words for an us that includes the addressee or not. In the case of "our family", it is not strange that someone would refer to their family in ...


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Yes, it is correct. The Earth's oceans' sharks' scales' layers' thickness is hard to measure, due to being minimal. Is a perfectly acceptable (while confusing and not necessarily true) sentence. (Just made up, do not take as a fact of shark's scales). My neighbour dog's ball suggests that you have a dog as a next door neighbour - with no owner ...


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I'm not sure that your girlfriend's reply is correct. Assuming that she is referring to her family while including you in the family circle, the correct reply would be: Our family is okay. If she is referring to her family as well as your family, the correct reply would be: Our families are okay. I hope this helps.


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I'm afraid you're leaving out the last crucial step in your reasoning. Yes, if you say "one of my cousins' wife", people might parse it as "one of my cousin's wife", and see that it makes no sense because it should be "wives". So precisely because of that what will happen next is they will go back and reparse, and arrive at the meaning you're after. In ...


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There are times when the result of trying to get things correct sounds awkward. This is one of them. Take the coward's way out, write around it, and say "the wife of one of my cousins" and forget the rest of it. PaulB.



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