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I wonder if this sentence is rightly or wrongly punctuated : 'It's "How I Met Your Mother" 's time'.

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    Think not so much about whether it's right or wrong as about the likely reception by the reader. – Barrie England Oct 2 '13 at 17:34
  • yes but i'm learning English and i want to know that it's ok or not so i can fix it :) Thanks for your comment ^^ – LEE Oct 2 '13 at 17:37
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    While I demonstrated in my answer the proper way to make mother possessive, it would be much more common to say, [Don't bother me], it's "How I Met Your Mother" time. The possessive is not required. That simply means It's time for "How I Met Your Mother." – Giambattista Oct 2 '13 at 18:30
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If you mean to say that you do not want to be disturbed while watching How I met your mother, then the apostrophe and s need to be inside the quotes.

"It's How I Met Your Mother's time".

If you're asking if you can use it's and mother's in the same sentence, then the answer is yes.

For one, it's is a contraction of it is, not a possessive as mother's is. And even if it were, you can use two possessives in the same sentence, but double possessives are frowned upon.

For example, you could say, Jennifer's car broke down on the way to Alice's house.

It would be frowned upon to say, Jennifer's car's engine blew up on the way to Alice's neighbor's house.

While it's not technically wrong, it's awkward. It would be better said as, The engine in Jennifer's car blew up on her way to meet Alice's neighbor.

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    Awkward, but sometimes necessary. “Jennifer is Alice’s neighbour’s sister’s brother-in-law’s hairdresser”, for example, is hard to rephrase without at least two possessives in a row. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Oct 2 '13 at 20:19
  • Agreed. I had hard time trying to think of a double possessive on the spot that would be completely unacceptable. I figured the best way to explain it to a non-native speaker would be to state that it should be avoided whenever possible, especially since it's discouraged. – Giambattista Oct 2 '13 at 21:14
  • @Janus - You know that lady who lives next to Alice? She has a sister who has a brother-in-law, and that guy gets his hair done by Jennifer, down at Indira's Salon. In other words, you're correct :^) that was a lot of work to rephrase. – J.R. Oct 3 '13 at 1:04

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