What is the proper way to list company's departments (offices) which are located in several cities?

  • New York's department: +1-212-123...
  • San Francisco's department: +1-415-321...


  • New York department: +1-212-123...
  • San Francisco department: +1-415-321...

Is the 's in the end of the city's name required?

  • Though not ungrammatical, the former style is hardly normal. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 29 '16 at 20:53
  • @Edwin Ashworth you think the first form is more "ear-friendly" (for a native speaker)? – Victor Mar 1 '16 at 17:40
  • You are listing the information, so ear-friendliness is a minor concern. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 1 '16 at 22:29

The possessive form certainly seems odd in British English. I would say that (at least in British English) the non-possessive form is by far the most prevalent form: almost universally so.

I would argue that the possessive form is incorrect because the departments do not belong to the cities, but are located in the cities: the place name is an adjective describing or identifying the particular department. The departments belong to the company - hence the company's name should be in the possessive form, but not the location: "company's New York department".

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