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Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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plural possessive of Woods

How do you make the last name Woods plural possessive? example: a friend of the Woods (2 people) I assume it is Woodses, but have been "corrected" by someone.
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how to attribute a singular property to a plural noun?

Please consider the following examples: The size/sizes of the planets is/are written here. The door/doors of a 100 houses is/are 100Kg. Men's nose/noses is/are bigger than that/those of women. Which ...
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Is “it's” or “its” possessive? [closed]

For a very long time now I've been using "it's" as the possessive form for "it". There have been some people that have said "its" is the possessive form, but I'm not sure if that's true. "It's" seems ...
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Possessive when using a title

Which is correct: Mary Queen of Scots birthplace Mary Queen of Scots' birthplace?
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Sequential Possessive Noun and Contraction

While creating a program that randomly creates sentences with available words that I have preprogrammed, I found a set of words that work together normally, but when combined are questionable. That ...
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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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“My Articles' Comments” or “My Article Comments” | “My Reviews' Comments” or “My Review Comments”

I need to add menu items (filters) on my website but I'm not sure which one is correct: My Articles' Comments My Reviews' Comments OR My Article Comments My Review Comments For example, if you ...
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“Garry is my brother's Jack son.”

My son was given this worksheet. He wrote the word Jack in the lower right box and Garry above it in chart 2. I think he got it backwards, but does the sentence "Garry is my brother's Jack son" make ...
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Users wrists or user's wrists - addressing all wrists of users [closed]

I am launching new wearable software company with motto: Get your service on users wrists and I am not sure if it should be users or user's. By the motto, I want to tell that you can get your ...
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possessives and number (sing./pl)

I'm revising a text containing these two sentences: a) Students’ sex was coded by using their first names. b) Students’ birthday was self-reported in the survey, I'm sure the correct version ...
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Several tricky questions about the use of possessive case [closed]

In my excercise book there are several examples in the "Possessive case" section, which I can't understand properly. 1) The ___ history goes back to 1808. A) state's newspaper B) state newspaper'...
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Does the apostrophe come before or after the s when the noun is less than one?

I have a noun, "second", that I need to make possessive in the sentence, It's like having a second's slower reflexes. When I make it plural, the apostrophe comes after the s. It's like having ...
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Does a possessive still require an apostrophe when a noun has been omitted to avoid repetition?

This is quite hard to explain (and seemingly impossible to search for on Google) so here's an example: In relation to dogs and their owners (masters), I saw this sentence: "Their understanding of the ...
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Manager news or manager's news

I am setting a label for news only visible to managers. The two suggestions I have for phrasing is Manager news Manager's news The second one feels intuitively wrong, but I googled a bit and found ...
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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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Possessive of a possessive [duplicate]

There is a sign at my work that says "Join the fight for Alzheimer's first survivor" and I am wondering about the use of "Alzheimer's" here. They are not reffering to a survivor of Alzheimer, they are ...
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Plural noun or singular noun + possessive

When the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868 —150 years ago this Monday — it closed the door on schemes that aimed to make the U.S. a white man’s country. (source) I ...
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Word for the object that hangs from something else (“hangee”)

From nasa.gov A satellite is an object that moves around a larger object. What is the word for an object that hangs from another object? an ornament on a Christmas tree a figure on a (baby) mobile ...
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How to use possessives when the subject has a number after? [duplicate]

I have a question about possessives. While "Peter's ball" is easy and clear. How do I express the notion of "the ball that belongs to agent 2"? Would it be "agent's 2 ball" or "agent 2's ball" or ...
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When did “our” stop being used as an adjective (as in “other our dominions”, “any our Subjects”)?

While reading a letter written by Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1588, I came across a certain construction that doesn't seem to be grammatical in English: RIGHT trustie, and righte welbelovid ...
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British-English - My v Mine [duplicate]

I would like to know which of the options below is correct: 'It is mine and John's favourite' 'It is my and John's favourite' Or if both are incorrect, what would be the correct way to phrase this?
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How to use apostrophes for repeated possessives? [closed]

As I get older I become more pedantic. I recently wanted to write a message explaining my dread of going to weddings of children of my friends. Which of the following is correct: I am dreading ...
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Why is the phrase “for the life of me”?

I can’t understand why the phrase “for the life of me” isn’t “for the life of mine.” Mine is a possessive pronoun, not me. You don’t say, “Some friends of me.” You say, “Some friends of mine” OR “Some ...
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Should I use the possessive apostrophe or an attribute noun on a business card?

I have designed some stationary items (such as letterhead and business card) for a website/brand (XYZ.Com for instance), and I need help to choose the correct sentence among those below: The ...
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Is “one” correctly used in that sentence?

I've used this sentence but it just sounds wrong a posteriori: "The missing data is the weekends' one." I'm trying to say data is missing only on the weekends. I know there are more elegant ways ...
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Possessive after proper name

The Penguin Guide to Pronunciation says: "A name ending in S takes only an apostrophe if the possessive form is not pronounced with an extra s. Hence: Socrates' philosophy, Saint Saens' music Ulysses'...
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Parking sign apostrophe? [duplicate]

Should there be an apostrophe in the sign "residents parking". A quick Google search suggests there shouldn't. But why not? Is "residents" an adjective?
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Mnemotechnic approach to identifying transitive vs verb-adjective constructs

I'm no linguist, grammarian and not even an english speaker, please bear with me. I'm looking for a quick way to identify transitive vs intransitive constructs, for example, in the sentence "the ...
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Master thesis, master's degree thesis or master degree thesis

I searched online and I understood that "master's degree" retains the apostrophe, while the relative thesis is commonly referred to as "master thesis". However, of the forms Master thesis Master's ...
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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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Which one is correct and why? Hand vs hands [duplicate]

Which one is correct and why? We held each other's hand Or We held each other's hands
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“Today's news is tomorrow's history” — are those possessives? [duplicate]

In the sentence above, why is "'s" used? Is it considered a possessive? It seems strange to state that the news "belongs" to today or the history "belongs" to tomorrow.
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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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Which is most appropriate? “Only do this with {management/management's/managemental} approval.”

Which is most appropriate? "Only do this with {management/management's/managemental} approval." I get that the word "management" can be singular or plural. But, can it also be both possessive and ...
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Multiple consecutive possession

What is the correct way of writing 's in multiple consecutive possession? Bob's dog. Bob's dog's toy. Bob's dog's toy's ears. Is this correct?
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What is the correct way to use the genitive in “Marge's and Homer's personalities are the opposite”? [duplicate]

I was making drills with the genitive case and I made a sentence that I don't understand (ironically): Marge's and Homer's personalities are the opposite. I mean, it is supposed that every person ...
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“Synyster Gates/Gates' being left handed” [duplicate]

I texted a friend "I was wrong about Synyster Gates being left handed" earlier this morning, and I realized that I don't know if the word "being" here is something Gates possesses, or if it is a verb. ...
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Possessive with nonessential phrase [duplicate]

Here's a puzzler: Is the use here of his wife, Julie's, correct? Peter Brown, still smarting from his wife, Julie's, infidelity, wants her dead, and he's trying to convince his friend Bill to ...
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where to put the possessive “s” with an appositive parenthetical

Say I have a gym instructor called Anne and it's her birthday. I want to convey that to someone who doesn't know who Anne is in one sentence. In speech, I would probably say, "it is Anne, my gym ...
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Colleagues or Colleague's? [closed]

Here is the context: Please enter a colleagues email address: My coworker believes that in this context, it should be colleagues. I think that because it is a possessive noun, that it should be ...
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English grammar Genitive case

Please help me, I am confused. As you know some times we can 'of' in a noun phrase by reversing the nouns order eg. a train of goods => a goods train If I want to mention a definite 'goods train' ...
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Usage of “ 's ” in is Franco a friend of Jamie's? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "is Franco a friend of Jamie's?" and "is Franco a friend of Jamie?"? Are both correct? What is more appropriate?
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Is there another way to write the possessive -s?

I have a question regarding the possessive. Which one of the two is correct? Caroline's car Caroline her car Or are they both correct?
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When can two pronouns being compared in a sentence be of different types?

I came across a sentence today - He resents your being more popular than he is I always thought that while comparing two pronouns they should always be of the same type, like, She is taller than ...
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Do you add `'s` for the possessive of a singular compound noun that ends in a plural noun?

Which of these is correct? The Union of Concerned Scientists's main goal is to prevent nuclear war. or The Union of Concerned Scientists' main goal is to prevent nuclear war. The noun phrase ...
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Determining the stressed word in a sentence when using possessive

In the following sentence, which word should receive the stress: This is the dog’s collar. I fully understand that in different contexts, different words will be stressed. But I’m asking about the ...
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“A quarter of us is going to lose our jobs” or “A quarter of us is going to lose his job”

During my English lesson, I found this sentence in the book A quarter of us is going to lose our job. I think it's wrong but the teachers disagree with me. I think that the subject is "a quarter", ...
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Drop possessive apostrophe for noun ending in s/double s

Most sources I've found state you should add the possessive apostrophe even to nouns ending in s, as in Thomas's and James's, but does this ring true for nouns such as duchess, countess, and marquess? ...
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How to express the price of a unit of output

What are the differences in meaning between: The output’s unit’s price The unit output’s price or Output unit’s price My intention is to say: “The price of a unit of output”
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If a noun is followed by brackets, where should the apostrophe be placed to show possession?

Which of the following four sentences has used the apostrophe in the correct way? Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) teeth were glinting in the sunlight. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)'s teeth ...