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Is a possessive apostrophe appropriate in the verb phrase 'to save someone something'? [migrated]

I've drafted the following sentence: There is also a lot of work going into creating useful, effective and ethical AI tools to save teachers time. A grammar checker has recommended a possessive ...
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"Aliens, whose appearance mirrored human’s, appeared..."

My friend wrote a sentence that goes: Aliens, whose appearance mirrored human’s, appeared... I corrected it to mirrored humans’, while another friend said that the apostrophe is unnecessary, and it ...
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Why does Kipling use an apostrophe on 'rickshaw?

Kipling's short story The Phantom 'Rickshaw has, as we can see, a leading apostrophe on the word "rickshaw". Why does it have one? According to Wikipedia, "rickshaw" is directly ...
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There is a brand of ale in the United Kingdom called Farmers Ale, with no apostrophe on farmers. Is this correct? [duplicate]

There is a brand of ale called Farmers Ale. Should there be an apostrophe on farmers? Or is farmers acting as an adjective like "sports" cars?
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Double Possessive? [duplicate]

Is it correct to say: “The employee of Donald Trump’s” Or should one say: “The employee of Donald Trump”? ie is the “‘s” redundant or not?
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How to write the possessive of a proper noun that ends in a plural noun?

Say we have a hotel named the Springfield Arms. The name itself is singular, since it refers to an individual hotel, but it ends with the pluralized noun “Arms”. What is the correct way to write the ...
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Can you write "... me's" (the possessive)?

Could you use me's as in something like this? The person behind me's phone keeps ringing. The person behind me's breathing sounds laboured. I've tried looking at other questions but I couldn't find ...
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Why is it spelled "for completeness' sake" and not "for completeness's sake"? [duplicate]

Why is it spelled "for completeness' sake" and not "for completeness's sake" Isn't the apostrophe at the end only for plural?
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Why is there an apostrophe in the name Ilya M. Sobol'? [closed]

Is this specific to the Lithuanian language? How come I've never seen an apostrophe at the end of a name like this (other than possessives)? See Ilya M. Sobol' on Wikipedia.
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Incorrect? "This was deemed the bodies corporate decision"

I just got a letter from my body corporate, and it had in it, "this was deemed the bodies corporate decision." This doesn't seem right to me, since "bodies corporate" is the plural ...
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Why is the right single quotation mark used as the apostrophe?

I think that quotation marks are for quoting, and the apostrophe is used for its own things. But it is often suggested that the right single quotation mark (’) should be used instead of the apostrophe ...
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Using 's with inanimate objects [duplicate]

I read some threads here where native speakers wonder why we, non-natives, are afraid to use 's with inanimate objects. Almost all of the commentors say that it is ok to use 's in such cases. The ...
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How to put possessive 's after a full company name

I need advise on how we correctly use the possessive 's (i.e. apostrophe + s) after a full company name with abbreviation. E.g., will "Company Name ltd." become "Company Name ltd.'s&...
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When mentioning several items each of which is “Aᵢ”, should I use “Aᵢ’s” with an apostrophe or “Aᵢs” without one?

Here is a sentence I’m about to write: Given a family of sets { Aᵢ : 1 ≤ i ≤ n }, we may assume that the Aᵢ’s are disjoint. I mean the sets in the family do not intersect with each other. I am ...
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Why no apostrophe in the possessive "it"? [duplicate]

Why, when you are talking about something belonging to "it" does "it" not get an apostrophe before the "s"? For example, "The dog ate its food" - the food ...
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Use of Single Quotation Marks Before Period/Comma/Question Mark/Exclamation Point [closed]

this is request for clarification on the rules for single quotation marks (apostrophe symbol on keyboard) in novels. My understanding is that single quotation marks, when used to indicate a quote ...
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How to write of process? Is it process' or process's? [duplicate]

Can I write output of process as process'/process's output? How to use apostrophe in words ending with two ss like boss, actress, goddess, process?
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'Team's interaction' or 'team interaction'?

I'm not sure which one is correct here: It has influenced our (team/team's) interaction and coordination skills. Is it team's since the interaction is possessive? Or team?
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Apostrophes in sentences with implied words [closed]

From a card game where the question is: How many apostrophes are in the following sentence? "Thats a bigger car than any of my brothers friends." Does "friends" need an ...
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Use of pos­ses­sive apos­tro­phe with the sec­ond word of a com­pound proper noun like “Aus­tralian States”

I have a rel­a­tively sim­ple ques­tion, but I am just a lit­tle con­fused and po­ten­tially mis­in­formed. My un­der­stand­ing is that when plu­ral­is­ing a pos­ses­sive noun, you add an apos­tro­phe ...
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Can an apostrophe be a part of a grapheme that represents a sound?

I've noticed that apostrophes aren't usually part of a grapheme that represents a particular sound. Some examples: I'll, I'd, I've, Hugh's, Pat's, he's, I'm, you're, they're, we're, weren't, won't. ...
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"One of your chip's performance" or "One of your chips' performance"

What I mean to say is that you have several microchips, and I'm offering to boost the performance of one of them. In that case, is it correct to say ...? You can improve... one of your chip's ...
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Possessive of company name already ending in 's [duplicate]

If one were speaking of, say, something belonging to the company named Denny's, would the correct punctuation be Denny's'? Thanks!
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Is there a way to create a contraction between any noun and the word "is"?

It may just be due to where I grew up, but I'm used to hearing phrases such as: Amanda's out by the palm tree. This would be interpreted as: Amanda is out by the palm tree. However, I'm not so ...
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Is using possessive pronouns after a name to show possession instead of apostrophe grammatical, like “John his car” for “John’s car”? [closed]

I've sometimes seen people use this so I was wondering if it is actually correct grammar or not. Couldn't find anything saying that this is correct nor anything saying that this is wrong online. What ...
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Ladies’ Captain or Ladies Captain? [closed]

I write a newsletter for our Golf Club. Should I sign it off as Sue. Ladies’ Captain. Or Sue. Ladies Captain. ??
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Apostrophe after Acronym that ends in "S" [duplicate]

What are the rules for using apostrophes after an acronym that ends in the letter "S"? For instance, if I have a pretend product called Fast Ice Cream System, or FICS, which delivers ice ...
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Possessive apostrophe with a parenthetical [closed]

All Realtor(s), dog(s), and cat(s) transactions are forbidden by this agreement. Where do I place possessive apostrophe(s) in the foregoing sentence?
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Why is "Geography's test was difficult" ungrammatical?

I've been working on this minimal pair and sentence B is ungrammatical but I don't know the reason so far. I have to give an answer contrasting both sentences but B seems grammatical to me. Does ...
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Possessive apostrophes with names in speech marks [duplicate]

I'm translating a text that refers to a person who goes by a nickname, so in the text this nickname is always shown in speech marks - "El Cuco". How do I use a possessive apostrophe ...
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How do you punctuate what FFS expands to?

I was just having a discussion with a friend, and we were wondering about appropriate grammar usage when one says For fucks sake. In my opinion, there are three candidates: for fucks sake for fuck’s ...
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Do you use an apostrophe for a group or institution name? [duplicate]

Say, if you're going to create a writers' group called The Writers Land (just made it up), will you add an apostrophe like this, "The Writers' Land"? It looks odd to me, but perhaps that's ...
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Possessive apostrophe in phrasal descriptor [duplicate]

If I want to describe a person/group and then refer to something of theirs. Would these be permissible? The guy in charge's hat It is the people of France's doing It is everyone else's fault The ...
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Does “Parks Trust” need an apostrophe? [duplicate]

My home town has a charity which maintains our parks - called the “Parks Trust”. I recently got involved in a Facebook debate as I’ve always maintained that it should be “Parks’ Trust”. My main ...
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How to write "expert(s)(')(s) guide"? [duplicate]

How to name a written guide which grants you expert knowledge about a certain topic (after reading it). Is it an expert guide experts guide experts' guide expert's guide expert' guide experts's guide ...
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Sirius the Dog Star shines brightly [duplicate]

If I wanted to refer to the magnitude (brightness) of Sirius, would "Sirius's magnitude" be a (the?) correct form for placing the ending 's' and apostrophe? I always get confused about ...
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Possessive apostrophe regarding the term 'Logistics'

Just wanted to ask if the word 'logistics' would have a possessive apostrophe in the following sentence. Halal logistics services are needed to guarantee halal products and maintain halal product ...
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Five nights at Freddy's [duplicate]

What is the meaning of Freddy's? Why did put apostrophe s at the end of the word Freddy? What is the grammar rule behind this?
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Is it proper to describe a noun using an apostrophe? [duplicate]

For example, if I wanted to say, "This student is large.", would it be proper to instead say, "This student's large."? I don't recall ever reading something like this, but I ...
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Possessive for Name Ending in Apostrophe [duplicate]

One of my colleagues has a name that ends in an apostrophe, namely Faee'. Recently when sending an email I realized I wasn't sure how to refer to something that belongs to them using the typical "...
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How to contract "good one"? [closed]

Does anyone here know how to contract "good one"? I have seen it written as "good'un", but that doesn't make much sense to me; as I understand it, the apostrophe is there in place ...
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How do I use the apostrophe-s ('s) properly in these three sentences?

Which one of these three sentences is correct? A. Best Soccer Player Haircuts Ever (This is what I find on Google to be the correct one.) B. Best Soccer Players Haircuts Ever C. Best Soccer Player's ...
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“She´s happy” vs “She's happy” vs “She’s happy” vs ...?

I’ve always wondered what the correct apostrophe is when using contractions. Should I use She´s happy or She's happy? English´s a universal language. English's a universal language. Why do a lot of ...
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What does "carry't" mean?

What does "carry't" mean? I can't find a definition for it on the web. Here's an example of its use from Shakespeare's Othello, the Moor of Venice: What a full fortune does the thick-lips ...
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Individual's or individuals' [closed]

in the following sentence: The same holds true for children who suffer from the disabling effects of childhood trauma. However, additional interventions targeting individual's needs will often be ...
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Apostrophe when using a noun to describe plural form of that noun?

I want to say something like: You can almost empathize with the Robert Moses' of the world. Where Robert Moses' is being used to describe Robert Moses and other people like himself. Is the apostrophe ...
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Pronunciation of the possessive form of singular nouns ending in “s”

First, let me point out that this is a non-native English learner asking this question. I know similar questions have been asked here (some of them found on this page), but (at least of those I saw) ...
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Is there a technical term for the situation where a possessive noun compounded with another noun form the name of a very specific object?

I'm not a linguist so please excuse this clumsily worded question: Is there a technical term for the situation where a possessive noun compounded with another noun form the name of a very specific ...
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Triple noun, plural and ownership apostrophe [duplicate]

Been asked to write "x is good for your Customer's vehicle interior". I feel this should be "Customers' vehicle interiors" but am spinning in circles on it. Can you help break the ...
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Correct way to use multiple possessive apostrophes in sentences? [closed]

I find multiple possessive apostrophes confusing, and so I'm having trouble deciding which of the sentences below would be correct. Example: The bicycle's frame colour is red. The bicycle frame's ...
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