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Is it better "I have something in my posses" or "I have something in my possession"? or are both OK? The first possibility sounds a little more hi-brow to me...


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    Do you mean "possess?" What do the dictionary entries for each word suggest to you? – TaliesinMerlin Mar 25 at 17:15
  • Why do you need more than one posse, and wouldn't it be "someone in my posses"? – Hot Licks Mar 25 at 17:46
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The second sentence is the correct one. Possession is a noun, whereas possess is a verb and the noun is what you are looking for here.

According to Merriam Webster, the definition of the word possession is as follows:

the act of having or taking into control

or

something owned, occupied, or controlled

Here's the link: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/possession?src=search-dict-hed

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The first usage is not correct. To posses is an action, posses is a verb. Something that I do posses is my possession, at least for now. The second sentence is correct, "I have something in my possession."

  • The verb is possess, not posses. Posses means several groups of armed men under a sheriff. – DJClayworth Mar 25 at 18:24
  • Guilty! I went with the spell check. Take me away. – Elliot Mar 26 at 17:41
  • I won't take you away, I'll send the posses! – DJClayworth Mar 26 at 18:00

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