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Questions tagged [compound-possessives]

Questions about how to convert two or more items into their corresponding possessive forms, no matter whether these are nouns, noun phrases, or pronouns, nor whether these are conjoined using ᴀɴᴅ, ᴏʀ, or ɴᴏʀ. Includes both apostrophe-s forms and possessive pronouns.

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“My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner”

I just stumbled upon a Reddit post titled: My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner. How does it look? Sure enough, the top comment immediately points out that it should be "my wife's and my". ...
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“Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X”

Which option is grammatical? There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni’s and Alice Walker’s writings. There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni and Alice Walker's writings. Saying it out ...
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Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X” Consider describing the wedding of X and Y. If I want to avoid the overly-formal and poor-...
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Use of the possessive apostrophe in a list

If I was to label something The Poets and Painters' Distillery do I only apply the possessive apostrophe after 'Painters' as in the text written above, or do I also need to apply one to 'Poets' ...
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What possessive forms are used for mutual 1st person ownership? [duplicate]

I want to talk to someone about the house that my wife and I own. Saying, for example, "My wife's and my house is awesome," sounds a bit funny to me. What's the best way to express this? ...
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Apostrophe in multiple plural posession [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Nikki’s and Alice’s X” vs. “Nikki and Alice’s X” Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities (writers' and teachers' wages) or ...
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“Your and my [something]” vs “Yours and my…”

Prompted by comments against this question, I'd like some help figuring out why some people (myself included) prefer yours over the apparently more logical/grammatically consistent your in this kind ...
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Is it “John or Mary's house” or “John's or Mary's house”?

I understand that if John and Mary own a house together, it is John and Mary's house. If they jointly owned multiple houses, they would be John and Mary's houses. I also understand that if John and ...
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“You and your” vs. “Your and your”

Which is correct, and why? identifying you and your competitors’ relative market performance or identifying your and your competitors’ relative market performance Each entity is in possession ...
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Correct form of object of sentence with grouped possessive and personal pronoun?

Lets say the object of a sentence is a possessive, of more than one nouns. Something that is say both someone else's and my own. IE Tom's and mine, as in the sentence This meeting requires Tom and ...
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Possessive-S/apostrophe in a list, including the first and second person

When adding possessive-S/apostrophe to a list, the rule is only the last person has the apostrophe if the item is shared, or everyone has one if they have the items each, e.g. John and Mary's houses =...
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Double possession dilemma: should I say “your” or “yours”?

What is the best way to say this? Because of yours and the John Wichel Foundation’s grant we are able to continue our mission to serve all Texans with diabetes. Should it be Because of your ...
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What is the correct way to possessivize (if that's a word) a compound noun? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities When forming the possessive of a compound noun, does one add "'s" to both or just one ...
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What's wrong with these sentences? [duplicate]

My workplace has presented me with the opportunity this month to attend a "grammar" webinar that is suppose to help me enhance my grammar skills. I thought they were good already... I don't have time ...
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Multiple possessives of a single object linked by 'or'

In the sentence, 'NCA offers a tool to measure a country's or region's natural capital', are one or both of country and region possessive (country's or region's vs. country or region's)? Ownership is ...
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“Can you send me Fred and your flight information?” [duplicate]

This doesn't quite sound right but might be right. Consider "Can you send me Fred and Amy's flight information?" This is correct via The Chicago Manual of Style. Alternatively, "Can you send me ...
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“you,” “your” or “yours” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I just received an email that had the following sentence, We have plenty of magic that will pique your and your customers' interest. Aside from the obvious errors, do we use "you" "yours" or "...
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A friend of Jane and Tom or A friend of Jane and Tom's?

We can say: She's a friend of mine. She's a friend of Tom's. She's a friend of my parents'. But today I saw this: She's a friend of Jane and Tom. Is it correct? Or should it be: She's a friend of ...
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What is the proper way to say possesive with “person X” and self? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner I've never known what the proper way to use a sentence in which you and a specific person (as in you can't just say "our" ...
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Multiple people possession [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “my wife and I's” correct, or should it be “my wife's and my”? Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by ...
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“What are Liam and Noel's jobs?” versus “What are Liam's and Noel's jobs?” [duplicate]

This question is about use of the group genitive versus joint possessives in a phrase and/or list. Where two or more distinct persons, animals, etc., are in the genitive, the group genitive ...
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Plurals, possessive, and multiple nouns [duplicate]

Are any of these two phrases appropriate, or are they both wrong? tables two and three's information are more suited for table two's and three's information is more suited for
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Correct grammar form for two people owning the same object? [duplicate]

Which is correct? Paul's and Freda's Anniversary or Paul and Freda's Anniversary?
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Plural Possessive (With Mom and Dad's Love) [duplicate]

What is the best way to say "With Mom and Dad's Love" With Mom and Dad's Love With Mom's and Dad's Love Option 1 sounds better, but I guess you could interpret that as Mom the person and Dad's love.
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How to Write Possessives in Multiple Nouns when Using “Attention” [duplicate]

Which is correct? He raised his hands to get John, Stephen and Joyce's attention. or He raised his hands to get John's, Stephen's and Joyce's attention. Since attention is something that can't be ...
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Compound possession [duplicate]

In the following sentence: Lewis and Clark's expectations were very much the same. Would you agree that it should be: Lewis's and Clark's expectations were very much the same. Because even ...
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Question about dual possesive nouns [duplicate]

I am writing a technical letter for my (and my lab partner’s) senior design project (we are engineering majors) and I would like some help on properly phrasing part of the letter. The project belongs ...
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Is “Joe’s and my bicycles” correct? [duplicate]

Is this phrasing correct and acceptable? Here are Joe’s and my bicycles I am describing two bicycles, one owned by Joe and one owned by myself.
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Should there be two apostrophes to denote possession? [duplicate]

In this sentence, should there be two apostrophes to denote discrete possession, or should there be an apostrophe just after the second subject to denote joint possession? He said he didn't know ...
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Grammar and sentence structure check [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What possessive forms are used for mutual 1st person ownership? My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner Possessive for a third person and a first person My and my ...
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Can I use two possessive nouns in a sentence? [duplicate]

I'm writing a very brief description for a job duty. Is it grammatically correct to use two possessive nouns in a sentence (e.g., Administration's and company's)? Full sentence is... They support, ...
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“in you_ and your family’s best interests”

I’ve seen this picture of a leaflet being tweeted today. It’s supposedly issued by the UK government and distributed widely: Am I overlooking something or does it really contain the grammar error ...
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'Sarah and Jane's philosophy of life' or 'Sarah's and Jane's philosophy of life'? [duplicate]

I am not sure. I want to say 'Jane's and Sarah's etc' but the 'etc' being both's, is it written 'Jane and Sarah's etc.'? And is this always the case or are there exceptions? Thanks
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Correct way to write this compound possessive? [duplicate]

The scenario is that both Alex and Yuval need to review the pull request. What is the correct way to write it in English? Pull request awaits Alex and Yuval reviews. Pull request awaits Alex's and ...
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Hale and Peter's or Hale's and Peter's [duplicate]

Quick questch. What is grammatically correct: I heard Hale and Peter's screeches. or: I heard Hale's and Peter's screeches.
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“My and my sister, Anna Smith's records” or “My and my sister's, Anna Smith, records.” [duplicate]

I'm writing a request letter to my and my sister's high school but I don't how to properly say it. I, Rebecca Smith, would like to request a copy of my and my sister, Anna Smith's Transcript of ...
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Showing joint or individual possession [duplicate]

Which of the following do you think is correct (I've substituted real company names with X/Y/Z): Competition Commission clears X's and Y's investment in Z. Competition Commission clears X and Y's ...
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What is the proper usage of the possessive group in this sentence. [duplicate]

It has helped with both Alex and my problems. I'm not sure if I should use the above or the following, or just reverse the order. It seems my natural inclination is to word it the way above. ...
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Compound Possessive [duplicate]

I am having problem understanding what the following sentence means exactly: Bill's and my car had to be towed last night. I can't quite figure out why the possessive is used in Bill's and what it ...
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Plural in constructions like A's and B's theory/theories [duplicate]

I have gone through several threads here but haven't found an answer to my question. In my paper, there are two theorists and each has a theory. Theorist A has theory 1 and theorist B has theory 2. ...
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Question about possessive (adj/pron) with additional party [duplicate]

I'm wondering about possessive adj/pronoun and apostrophe S in sentences where you add on additional "possessors". Could anyone give me feedback about whether the following sentences are correct, ...
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How do I use possessive when talking about a book written by two authors? [duplicate]

Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister are two authors of Peopleware. When talking or writing about the book, do I have to write: Have you read Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister's Peopleware? or: Have you ...
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“Sally's and Mike's bikes” or “Sally and Mike's bikes”? [duplicate]

The title really says it all. When there are two subjects in the possessive, what do we do? If "Sally's and Mike's bikes" is correct, isn't this ambiguous? (As the phrase could either be referring to ...
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One or two apostrophes for two subjects in the possessive case? [duplicate]

Which is correct: [Bonus question: should there be a question mark here instead of a colon?] The book contains Marx and Engels' theories about the nature of society and politics. or The book ...
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List of names when there is ownership associated [duplicate]

Ok, so I am supposed to order business cards for people, then the company sends me the proof which I check over for correctness. When I do three on the people's names are right, one is wrong. So I ...
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Listening multiple possessives and the use of apostrophes [duplicate]

I want to say that 2 or more people all have something like this: John's and Mary's hats. Is this correct or would it have to be: John and Mary's hats.
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How do I express possession of an item owned by enumerated groups of several individuals? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X” Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities ...
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Plural possessives [duplicate]

Which is correct: "Drs. Ha and Smith's comments" or "Drs. Ha's and Smith's comments" (referring to the comments of both drs.)
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How would you write the possessive with yourself and another person? [duplicate]

How would you write the possessive with yourself and another person? For example: Would you like to join Bob's and my group?
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Is this sentence grammatically correct? Thank you [closed]

I was extremely surprised and am grateful for you all celebrating Mallory’s and my special day.