Is it correct to end adjacent words in 's to show possession? For example

"My neighbour's dog's ball is always in my yard",

or should it be

"My neighbour dogs ball is always in my yard"


"My neighbour dog's ball is always in my yard"?

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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 (but it is wrong).

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    I’m pretty sure there are more than one shark in the ocean. And more than one ocean on earth. Plus there are a number of not very natural Saxon genitives in that sentence in general (more natural would be “The thickness of the scale layers on sharks in the Earth’s oceans is hard to measure” vel sim). More natural examples of repeated Saxon genitives go through family ties: “My sister’s husband’s brother’s neighbour’s uncle’s dog once caught an alien in Area 51!”. More natural, though no more credible. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 28 '14 at 9:33
  • And more than 1 scale and layer, fixed! – Tim Aug 28 '14 at 9:35
  • @JanusBahsJacquet But the ball of the dog of my neighbor sounds unnatural. – Barmar Aug 28 '14 at 18:51
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    @JanusBahsJacquet Sharks have scales? – tchrist Aug 29 '14 at 1:34

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