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Questions tagged [possessive-s-vs-of]

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Apostrophe-“s” vs “of ”

I gave a quick answer to part of this question which had not been covered by previous answers, trying to clarify the reason you would say time of decoding but not decoding’s time. I said it was ’s ...
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Apostrophe for indicating possessive. How do I convince my professor? [duplicate]

I've read this and this. I know that the underlying question has been answered, my problem is of a different nature: I'm currently writing my master's thesis in CS and my professor thinks that the ...
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When do we use “of” rather than “ 's” to show possession? [duplicate]

It is a very simple word but I am quite confused when I write formal documents. I do not know exactly when to use the of rather than 's. For example: The value of the mean or The mean's value. ...
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Noun adjuncts, possessive or using “of”

meta: This is my first time on your site. I have been teaching English for longer than I care to mention (native speaker). I am trying to find a way of explaining to some intermediate students why ...
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plural possessive form of a mutated plural?

Here are two examples of mutated plurals: more than one goose= geese; more than one man= men 1)Say you had 2 or more groups of geese. I.e. group #1= African geese & group #2=buff geese. If you ...
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Where should the apostrophe be placed in “Goats Milk”?

Milk from goats is available in supermarkets. On the shelves of our local store in England, I have found cartons boldly labelled all three of Goats Milk Goat's Milk Goats' Milk Most brands use ...
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Is a possessive noun a contraction?

I was told not to use contractions in an essay. My classmate wrote "the argument of Emily" but I preferred "Emily's argument". He disagreed and claimed "Emily's" is a contraction.
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Are there nouns that undergo no change when used in the possessive (Saxon genitive)?

I’m looking for the existence of English nouns (common or proper) that undergo no change when used in their possessive (Saxon genitive) form, i.e. that do not take the usual ’s appendage the way radio’...
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How to Construct an Unambiguous Joint Possessive that Follows a Verb?

How to Construct an Unambiguous Joint Possessive that Follows a Verb? I've read that when writing about multiple possessors who jointly posses a thing, the common practice is to add a Saxon-genitive (...
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Is it correct to use an apostrophe to indicate something that belongs to an object? [duplicate]

I'm 18 years old, & I'm working on a new blog. I'm trying to get all of the help that I can get with English. This is the title that I'm planning on using for the first post: Reasons for this ...
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Do you *ever* need to use “of” with possessive “s”?

For instance, which is worse? An agent of King Ronald's. An agent of King Ronald. He's one of King Ronald's agents. Thanks!
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“Decoding time” vs. “time of decoding”

What's the difference between "decoding time" and "time of decoding", "data compression" and "compression of data"? And why isn't it "decoding's time", but "decoding time"?
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My son's photo vs a photo of my son

I was wondering whether it is correct to say 'this is my son's photo' meaning a photo of my son? Can the phrase 'this is my son's photo' imply a photo in which one can see someone's son or can it ...
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Does “the motor speed” mean the speed of the motor? [closed]

I'm an engineer and I often hear others say "the motor speed" when they are talking about the speed of the motor. For example, one might ask "What was the motor speed?" when he or she wants to know ...
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When do you use the construction seen in “the knights of the round table” to indicate possession?

This question comes up very often in my language classes, as this particular construction more closely resembles the way you would indicate possession in Dutch. Many of my students use 'the X of Y' ...
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“Of her brother's” or “of her brother”? [duplicate]

Is there a difference in whether brother is explicitly possessive in sentences like this? A friend of her brother's called A friend of her brother called Perhaps both are correct; do they ...
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“My father's hands” vs. “the hands of my father”

My father's hands → modified by a possessive noun The hands of my father → modified by a preposition When is "my father's hands" preferable over "the hands of my father", and vice versa?
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Why is the genitive case necessary/unecessary in the examples below?

I speak English as a second language, and I ran into something this week that I couldn't explain, even though I could understand its meaning. While reading an artcle entitled "More people now ...
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Double apostrophe-s? [duplicate]

I want to say parking of McDonald's, i.e. using an apostrophe S. Would I say McDonald's's parking?
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'push off the weight of Ira' vs 'push the weight off of Ira'

Moore makes you feel for him and, at the same time, she makes you want to push off the weight of Ira — all his exposed, sappy neediness — far away. Source (emphasis mine) I think this way. It can ...
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Possessive with acronyms [closed]

Can the possesive formulation apostrophe s be used with acronyms of institutions. For instance: NASA's maps? Are institutions treated as person names, or differently?
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Possessive form [duplicate]

![The picture says "To form the possessive of any singular proper noun, add an apostrophe and an S. For example, Venus's beauty Dickens's reputation But I saw somewhere, Aeschylus' Sophocles' There ...
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How to use possessive case in the following sentences? [duplicate]

We can say: the smell of it Can we say: the arrival of him the son of me And we can't say: a suggestion of Mr. Smith (should be Mr.Smith's, right?) Can we say: a suggestion of Mr. Smith ...
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“…the house of our neighbor's” vs. “…the house of our neighbors' ”

We had Thanksgiving dinner at the house of our neighbors. We had Thanksgiving dinner at the house of our neighbor's. We had Thanksgiving dinner at the house of our neighbors'. Which one is correct?
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Different forms of the possessive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Apostrophe "s" vs "Of" I want to know what's the different between the ownership usage: "He's her mother's son" "He is the son of her mother" What'...
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What is the correct way to show tiered possession?

When there are multiple places where possession is shown, how are the words structured? A few examples: Greg's son's laptop is on fire. Mary's friends' boat is sinking. Thomas's neighbor's cat ate a ...
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Are there other grammatical ways to say, “I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck's”? [duplicate]

I would like to ask why the following sentence is only possible according to grammatical rules: I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck's What's wrong with "I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck" or "I'm ...
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Should it be Champions' League comeback or Champions League comeback?

When we discuss great comebacks in the history of this competition, It is more correct to say a particular game represented the greatest comeback in Champions League history, or the greatest comeback ...
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all (of) Mary's paintings? [closed]

I'm wondering whether the preposition "of" is necessary in the following sentence: All (of) Mary's paintings are now on display. Compare #1 with #2, which seems acceptable without "of": All (of) ...
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The use of preposition “of”

What is the difference between: 1. Design of a system vs. System Design 2. Type of cable vs. Cable type 3. Certificate of Compliance vs. Compliance Certificate 4. Obligations and Duties of Company ...
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Plural forms in noun + noun couple

At first, let's take 2 example expressions: "Books list" and "Book list". As far as I know, the first one is incorrect and I should use the second one - "Book list". And it means "List of books". But ...
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Uses of saxon genitive with the word Google as the owner [duplicate]

I would like to know which one of these expressions is the most correct and why? Google´s car The car of Google When I refer to the driverless car Google has invented.
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“Germany's” or “German” Ministry of Defence? [duplicate]

What are the rules for referring to a ministry (or any other department, organisation, etc) of a specific country? I found both on Google. Are the US and UK exceptions (as it's the US Ministry of ...
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Is there much flexibility in using “'s” and “of” instead each other?

As a nonnative English speaker, sometimes I struggle with usage of 's or of or nouns together, for example Ali's car. the pole of the flag , the walls of the train. the beauty of women's I don't ...
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Omission of apostrophe in some phrases in American English

I am confused by this fact since I arrived to the United States. Let's see a sample sentence to exemplify the doubt. If I don't recall it erroneously, according to my English books, the phrase "the ...
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Rule governing of and apostrophe in the same sentence [duplicate]

A paragraph on the Wikipedia page on Gerolamo Cardano begins thus: The title of a work of Cardano's, published in 1552 ... I believe this to be the correct usage, although I wonder if The ...
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When to use possessive “'s” or “of the”? [duplicate]

This is one topic that I thought that I have already known well, but sometimes when I am writing a text or something like this it always come up the doubt of what should I use in the sentence to ...
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Are there any rules for genitive case not indicating possesion? [duplicate]

My teacher, a native English speaker, was quite puzzled when I asked this and could not answer this question. Why there is: child seat but children's love //why these are different ...
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«'s» or «of the» which one should I use? [duplicate]

I want to know if «'s» sounds more natural than «of the...». E.g.: 'My computer's keyboard' or 'The keyboard of my computer'. Thanks in advance.
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Possessive form: Others vs Others'

I’ve encountered these sentences in the net: “My morals are mine, not others.” “Decisions are yours, not others.” “American values are ours, not others”. I wonder whether they are correct regarding ...
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“The dog's tail” vs. “the tail of the dog” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car’s antenna”? When talking about animal body parts, which of the following is the right one (or could both be possible with ...
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How do I express a plural subject with a singular noun? [closed]

I am always confused with the following case: Let's say, I have two friends and each of them has a book. Which of the sentences is correct? (1) 'Books of my friends are nice.' (2) 'Book of my ...
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Dilemma over the possessive apostrophe [duplicate]

Punctuation question: One of his friends house One of his friend's house One of his friends' house Which is correct?
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Currently, he is MSc student at the Electric and Electronics Institute of Harvard University [closed]

Is this sentence right in biography? And if we add a department how to construct it, I would say: Currently, he is MSc student at the Department of Control Engineering of the Electric and ...
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“one of the planets” vs. “one of the planet's” [closed]

The sentence is The Red Sea, where the desert meets the ocean, is truly one of the planets most exotic and fascinating natural seascape environments. and Microsoft Word cannot seem to agree with ...
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Analysis's output vs analysis output vs output of the analysis [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Apostrophe “s” vs “Of” possessive connecting word for inanimate object Once again I'm not sure if I should use possessive or atributive or neither of ...