I’m working on a worksheet and it’s telling me to make up a sentence using the possessive form of the indefinite pronoun neither. It says to use apostrophes on all these pronouns to make them possessive but neither’s doesn’t seem like a word I could properly use in a sentence.

Am I correct and what is the correct possessive form?

  • Yep, "neither's" is correct. It is awkward enough, however, that folks tend to avoid it. – Hot Licks Nov 29 '16 at 22:29

Your intuition has misled you. The possessive of neither is formed in the ordinary way. Here's a nice example:

Neither's opinion was expressed in public ; neither's was known to the other....

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    I suspect most people would say neither one’s opinion or neither opinion. – tchrist Dec 4 '16 at 15:14

I think that "neither's" could actually work. Think of some sentences:

Which of the twin's iPhone was it? It was neither's. (kind of a convoluted possessive in the first part, let me know if that's incorrect)

Albus and Severus thought they could kill Voldemort, but it was in neither's destiny.

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