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Questions relating to the use of the apostrophe (’).

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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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Apostrophes in 'and' conjuntion [duplicate]

Which should I use: The apple and orange's seeds The apple's and orange's seeds
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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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"Writers' Contest" or "Writers Contest" [duplicate]

Would it be correct to say "Writers' Contest" or "Writers Contest" for a competition that invites writers to submit their work? I believe there should be an apostrophe because the ...
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What's the grammar behind "A'warring", from the lyrics of Symphony of Destruction?

What's the grammar behind A'warring, from the lyrics of Symphony of Destruction by Megadeth? It's the first time I'm seeing the use of such apostrophe.
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How to use apostrophe properly in this sentence? [duplicate]

There's a person named Khushwant Singh in a story. He and his grandmother are friends. There's a question asked in my book: What is the 'turning point' in the story? And my answer begins something ...
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Why were Scottish & Irish names once rendered with apostrophes instead of "Mac" or "Mc"

I have noticed in some Victorian and Edwardian texts that Scottish and Irish names beginning with "Mac" or "Mc" are usually written as "M" plus an apostrophe. An example ...
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Is it "men's" or "mens'"? And what's the rule? [duplicate]

Why is it that men's eyes always drift toward females? I mean, "men" is the plural form of "man". So it's "mens'"... but it looks very strange, and maybe this only ...
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Abbreviating "of course" to course or 'course - is apostrophe needed to indicate missing word?

I'm looking at some dialogue that has been written as "'Course not!". Is the apostrophe here - indicating the missing word "of" - correct, incorrect or optional for clarity? ...
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When does the word 'months' get an apostrophe? [duplicate]

Is it '12 month's remuneration', '12 months' remuneration' or '12 months remuneration'? New Oxford Style Manual says it does not get an apostrophe is not used in 'adjectival constructions' e.g. three ...
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Can a series of years be possessive?

Can a series of years be possessive? For example: I am 1990s' child This feels weird, but is it technically correct? And how about the following? I am a child of the 1990s'
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Does Leaders Guide have an apostrophe? [duplicate]

Using a leaders guide in a doctoral dissertation, does the title "Leaders Guide" have an apostrophe?
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“It’s” at the end of a sentence [duplicate]

The word it’s seems to be a good substitute for it is. Yet it doesn’t sound correct to substitute it’s for it is in: “That’s just the way it is.” To make it: “That’s just the way it’s.” Is it ...
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"One of the offers' name is..."?

In a conversation I was having with someone over Slack, I started to use the phrase, "one of the offers' name is...," to refer to the name of one of the offers, but it occurred to me that I'm not 100% ...
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Which one of the following sentences is more correct?

"Maria's, Mary's and Sophia's first loves was Katarina. "Katarina was Maria's, Mary's and Sophia's first loves​" "The first love of Maria's, Mary's and Sophia's was Katarina."
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Is this possessive optional? How would it affect the meaning of the sentence?

I'm writing an English piece as part of an assignment for our class, but I was unsure whether to add an apostrophe here: I went to see the Arctic Monkeys concert last week. or I went to see the ...
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Is it "childs" or "child's" [closed]

I am making a website to manage homework for students, parents and teachers. Anyway, I want the grammar to be correct and was wondering what would be the correct way to say this: All of your child's ...
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Which direction is an apostrophe?

This question is related to LaTeX, however, the question itself is about English. I am using LaTeX for a document, but since it doesn't use smart quotes or things like that, a question arises: In a ...
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The use of the apostrophe is equivalent in these phrases?

This is the house of John / This is John's house Are they equivalent?
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