Questions tagged [possessives]

Questions about the possessive, one of several constructions that describe ownership or association between two objects.

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Is it correct to mention a cause with a gerund preceded by a possessive? [duplicate]

Sometimes, when I want to explain the reasons for something, it seems to make more sense to use a gerund: I think that my using X caused Y. Instead of: I think Y happened because I used X. ...
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What does “their” refer to in this sentence? [migrated]

Many Westerners are startled at the images of America and the West in contemporary Japanese advertising. Their accidental encounter by an American tourist or businessperson on a visit to Japan ...
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Sales Price vs Sale's Price [duplicate]

So, everything I see seems to indicate that "sales price" is the correct way to refer to the price that one pays for a house or similar type of property. However, would it not be better as "sale's ...
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State of Being verbs as gerunds preceded by possessive

I have been trying to untangle whether, in the following sentence, the apostrophe -s is necessary "He complains about his feet ('s) hurting." Apologies if the title isn't accurate or precise. I'm ...
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Kid's/Kids/Kids' TV shows [duplicate]

I have a computer folder containing video files within. I am unsure of the correct terminology. Kid's, Kids or Kids' TV shows. Which one is correct?
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Singular characteristic to describe a list of items

Here's the question: The materials for the boxes, pallets, and crates are ready. The material for the boxes, pallets, and crates is ready. Should "material" be plural or singular? I'm writing a paper ...
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Possessive apostrophe in this case (company listing designs in a particular range)

If a company called Peter Jones (made up name!) has a range called Peter's Pals on their site and then wants to list the designs like this: Peter's Pals Designs Is this correct? Should it be Peter's ...
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Masters or Master's (for my specific situation) [duplicate]

I'm going to apply for the statistics graduate school at UCSB. So is it okay to say I am the "Applicant for UCSB Statistics Master"? Or any suggestions about other forms, like "UCSB Masters Applicant" ...
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Appropriate Use of Possessive Plurals?

We have a debate on whether it should be "classes" or "classes'" in the sentence below. Your wisdom is appreciated. Sentence: This rebalancing of customer classes’ impacts on the system means there ...
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Why is the apostrophe positioned differently in “ones' complement” than “two's complement”? [duplicate]

There is a concept in computer science which deals with how to demonstrate negative binary numbers. Two methods for achieving this goal are ones' complement and two's complement. Since I got ...
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Possessive function of a business name which is made with a possessive

Garner's fourth edition, page 714, states regarding the name McDonald’s It is quite defensible to write McDonald’s dinner combos (the name functioning as a kind of possessive) On what grounds ...
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plural possessives: “cows' milk”

Garner's fourth edition, page 712, offers the following corrections Writers sometimes confound the singular and plural possessives, most commonly by misusing the singular for the plural: • ...
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Going to a place possessive term

If I am going to a place named Coco (it's a bubble tea place), do I say I am going to Coco, or I am going to Coco's? What is the use of the possessive term if it's a place?
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Apostrophe 's, “of”, or nothing to show possession/ownership?

Let's go straight forward, the subject is NOT using 's or of, but why sometime we should show possession/ownership using 's or of, why sometime not ? Examples: The family name = the name of the ...
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users´ needs or users needs

Which one of the following is right/ better. I am still not sure after thinking about it for quite a while now. I am talking about the needs of multiple users. The first option (s´) is used when ...
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A two weeks’ notice is - should the indefinite article truly be there? [duplicate]

As far as I know, when the possesive is used, I really should not use articles because it would bind to the same noun. E.g.: A two-day trip Two day's trip However, I have just found a site which ...
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Why does English employ double possessive pronouns such as theirs and ours?

I am a native speaker of AmE. I understand when and where to use their vs theirs, etc. etc. (i.e. Don't migrate this to ELL!). I've searched the site and google, and I have not quite seen an answer ...
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Which are right: “I lost one of my friend’s phone number” Or “I lost one of my friends’ phone number” [closed]

Which of these is grammatically correct: A - I lost one of my friend’s phone number Or B - I lost one of my friends’ phone number They appeared on a grammar test in a classroom, and the teacher ...
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Genitives of ancient names

I've read (in the Elements of Style) that, while genitives of names ending in ‘s’ may have an additional ‘s’, as in "Ross’s", this oughtn't to be done with ancient names: Exceptions are the ...
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Indicating Possession Between You and Another Person

Is there a good way to indicate that something belongs to you and another person when you want to mention the other person by name? As an example, suppose some friends ask you "Where's the party at?" ...
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the + country name (genitive case)?

For country names that warrant the use of the definite article (US, UK, UAE, etc.), is the definite article required in the genitive case as well? Abu Dhabi holds 94% of the UAE's oil reserves Abu ...
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adults’ English teacher or adult’s English teacher? [duplicate]

In this sentence, “I would like to apply for the post of adults’ English teacher,” do you say “adults’ English teacher” or “adult’s English teacher”? If this sentence is totally wrong, could you ...
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'my picture' - ownership vs. depiction

Consider the sentences: Take my picture [handing over a frame] Take my picture [handing over a camera] (Photo vs. picture being insignificant - a more contrived example could avoid it; as is the ...
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How do we use the possessive case (i.e., 's) with “or”?

I'm having a hard time finding out what the grammar is when we want to use "or" and possessive. If, for example, I want to refer to the information of a person or an organization, do I say, "that ...
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Can I use “who” after a possessive?

Example: I punched the man's nose, who cried in pain. I just feel like it's refering to the nose instead of the man, even though the meaning is clear.
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Can possessives in the middle of a word exist?

According to one online dictionary, the apostrophe-s combination is an ending used in writing to represent the possessive morpheme after most singular nouns, some plural nouns, especially those not ...
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Is/Are list with 2nd person and 3rd person [duplicate]

Should you use is or are here: I can't tell is you or Amanda is/are the best. I know with you it would be are. I know with Amanda it would be is. And I know with a list of Amanda and Dave it ...
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What is the rule of 'of' in front a possessive pronoun?

I'd like to know why sometimes we use 'of' in front of the possessive pronoun and sometimes we dont, like in these questions: "Is this pen hers or yours?" "Where is that restaurant of yours?"
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How do you make a phrase possessive? [duplicate]

I just read a post where someone said "That's a friend of mine's house." My first thought was, "mine's" is a double possessive! The friend owns the house, and the one posting the comment owns the ...
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Use of a possessive noun in place of a location

My friend and I have been arguing about the following sentence: "I left my trainers at my relatives’ in London" He believes this is correct as colloquially it is obvious that he has left his ...
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Spelling and pronunciation of singular possessive names? [duplicate]

Singular possessive Jones's glasses My lawyer's fee Plural possessive The Joneses' house Their lawyers' fees 1) Are these possessive forms correct? 2) Is there any difference in the pronunciation ...
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“One of my friends'” or “One of my friends's”? [closed]

When specifying possession, my understanding is that one adds an apostrophe if modifying a plural ending with an 's', or adds apostrophe followed by an s if not. How does one specify possession of one ...
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Is it appropriate here to use “of” or not here?

Which is correct? a) There is no consensus about the definition of chronic brain damage. b) There is no consensus about chronic brain damage definition. How many words could be placed in a row ...
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Compound nouns vs possessive (of) [duplicate]

Which should I choose: The factory roof or the roof of the factory? Are there some grammar/rules about the difference? What case should I use the first sentence in? What case should I use the second ...
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British English for possessive 's when a names ends with “s” [duplicate]

My son has a teacher that he wishes to give a gift to, Mrs. Coomes. What is the correct way to use what would normally be 's when the name ends with es? Another answer states adding es on the end ...
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Confusing examples; Apostrophe-“s” vs “of ” [duplicate]

These examples are very confusing to me and I still can't understand the difference between 's and of. For some sentences, it is grammatically wrong but for some sentences it is correct. Please help ...
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Which one of these sentences is better? A thesis title - Apostrophes Showing Possession

Sentence 1 : The comparison of Muhammed Bedruddîn Mahmûd el-Aynî’s "Şerhu Süneni Ebû Davud" and "Umdet'ül- Kârî" books Sentence 2 : Comparison of the "Şerhu Süneni Ebû Davud" and "Umdet'ül- Kârî" ...
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Where should I put the possessive apostrophe in the construction noun + “Proper Name” + possessed thing

The sentence is as follows: The association "Association Name" requirements. Where should I put the possessive apostrophe? The association "Association Name"'s requirements. OR The ...
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How do I make a word possessive when there are words after it before the object? [duplicate]

Would I say: "It was the boy's beside her balloon." Or "It was the boy beside her's balloon." I feel like it's the first one, but it sounds weird when I say it out loud. Thanks!
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How to introduce a related person's name plus a possessive? [closed]

How would I introduce a related person's name while also including a possessive? For example, if my father is called John Smith: I borrowed my father John Smith's car. I borrowed my father, John ...
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What is the possesive form of “ye”?

"Ye" is an archaic pronoun that is a plural form of "you". The possessive form of "you" is "your". The possessive form of "thou" is "thy" (or "thine" before an adjective). What is the possessive ...
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Gerund needs to be modified by a possessive? [duplicate]

Is this true? Not sure if Signup up is a gerund And if so does it need to modified by a possessive? It doesn’t sound right to me with “your”
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Possessive noun and sarcasm quotes

I use sarcasm quotes like so: Let's ask the "expert". But with a possessive noun, is the following the correct way, or isn't there one? Let's ask for the "expert's" advice.
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Successive possessive words

In the following phrase, should the word "interests" have an apostrophe? We favor inter-agency collaboration in order to ensure that our clients’ interests’ triumph. I have been unable to convince ...
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Confusion with comma placement

Where should the commas be in this sentence? That was his sister Lucy's pet hamster. Should there be a pair of commas surrounding 'Lucy's'? The possessive is throwing me off. Thanks :)
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Why is it “the UEFA board” not “the UEFA's board”?

As far as I know, the rule goes that 's is used to make possessive forms of abbreviations. But I've noticed some inconsistencies: ... as it was announced that the Uefa's Executive Committee had ...
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What is the possessive form of disease

What is the possessive form of disease, as in "Lyme disease's symptoms" I wouldn't think to just use an apostrophe – disease' – as it doesn't end in an "s," but disease's doesn't look quite right and ...
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Do I include the possessive apostrophe in the parentheses after defining an acronym [duplicate]

If I use a possessive apostrophe and then denote a term as an acronym i.e. "the US Government's (USG's)," I don't include the apostrophe after "USG," right? It just feels a bit odd when I don't, as if ...
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Final /s/ vs /z/ sound at the end of verbs/nouns issue [duplicate]

So, I've seen this rule at several English books about how if a word has a voiced final sound (e.g. r, voiced th, l, m, n..) then added 's' is pronounced more like /z/. If the final sound is voiceless ...
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My friend, Adam's birthday or My friend's, Adam's birthday [duplicate]

Which one is correct? It is my friend's, Adam's birthday. It is my friend, Adam's birthday. Does the word 'friend' need an apostrophe to show possession?

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