Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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Use of multiple apostrophes for multi-level possessive [on hold]

John's father is hospitalized and his father's condition is unstable.  So should a second apostrophe come in a sentence to relate the condition of John's father? John's father condition is unstable. ...
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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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The use of possessive with genitive case

This has been puzzling me greatly. I see "Governance quality has been decreasing ..." and think it should be "Governance's quality has been decreasing ...". Which one is correct? Could someone ...
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three discourses directions or three discourses direction [closed]

Is it possible to have one noun used as a plural noun to support another noun? For examples, three discourses directions or three discourses direction, or it can only say three discourse directions. ...
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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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The Thirty Year's war - why the article?

I have been always taught that I cannot use the article when a time period is used with the genitive (because I would have two determiners binding to the same word, "a" and the numeral), for example: ...
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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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“each of X things” posessive: things' or thing's?

Where does the possessive 's go? each of 10 tasks' requirements vs. each of 10 task's requirements The construction here would be introducing 10 as the number of tasks. I believe it's the former ...
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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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If my grandparent is deceased, do I refer to them as “is” or “was” my grandparent?

How does this work when the person being referenced is deceased? Which of these is correct? John was my grandfather. John is my grandfather.
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How to form possessive for a list of people? “(Jane Doe and I)'s” [duplicate]

I'm writing a sentence, and I'm not sure if it's grammatically correct. Here are my partner, Jane Doe, and I's completed assignment. Would this be alright? I never know how to properly use ...
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When introducing an initialism for the first time in a paper, but the noun is possessive, do I make the initialism possessive as well?

E.G., "Mobile network operator's (MNO's) networks are overloaded." Or "Mobile network operator's (MNO) networks are overloaded."
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First of these's?

Say a list of things has already been mentioned. How do I refer to an attribute of the first thing in said list? "The first-of-these's attribute" "The first's attribute" edit: thanks for the ...
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What is the structure of “dorm room door”? Is it genitive?

I wonder where we can make genitive without 's or of. I know that using "of" in "dorm room door" might be complicated but the question is when we are allowed to make such phrases.
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“me's” when referring to another version of you?

Let's say I want to refer to a toy that I had when I was younger. Would it be incorrect to say "young me's toy"?
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Estonia's forests or Estonian forests? [closed]

Which use is correct in sentences such as: Estonia's state forests are managed.... The importance and role of Estonia's forests in cultural history. Estonia's forest area increased ...
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What I resented was [Kim mistreating my cat]. Why is [] a subordinate clause?

I intended Kim to interview both candidates. [raised object] I intended for Kim to interview both candidates. [subject] As shown above, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language analyzes an ...
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“worth” with possessive(s) in coordinated nominals

According to Garner Modern English Grammar The idiomatic possessive should be used with periods of time and statements of worth — 30 days’ notice (i.e., notice of 30 days), three days’ time, ...
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Analyzing 'genitive/accusative + V-ing phrase (gerund-participle phrase)' as different constructions

(1) I regretted [his leaving the firm]. (2) I regretted [him leaving the firm]. (3) I regretted [leaving the firm]. (4) He didn’t bother [giving me a copy]. Regarding the above ...
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“John and Me's ping pong game” [duplicate]

If you played someone in a game of ping pong, and wanted to refer to the game later, you could refer to it as "our game". For instance: "It was after our game." But if I were talking to a different ...
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with/without + pronoun (me vs. my) + gerund-participial phrase

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 461) has this section: (f) Subject of clausal complement of with/without Pronouns in this position normally appear in accusative case: [...
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Is apostrophe needed in this case?

Which of the following would be correct? "Improve the population quality of life" or "Improve the population's quality of life?" I could bypass this whole situation by simply using "Improve the ...
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Should I write each “team's”, “teams” or “team” captain?

I'm writing about the captains of sport teams. Each team has one and only one captain. I'm confused on how to express this : We will communicate this information to ... each team captain each team'...
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Ambiguity with two possessive pronouns in a sentence

Is it clear who the first and second "their" refer to in the following sentence, or is the sentence likely to confuse the reader -- "It has been decided between the parties that party number 1 will ...
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Apostrophe Use In Abbreviated Decade Which Is Also A Possessive

I always put apostrophes before abbreviated decades. Ex: The '60s. However, what if you want to abbreviate a decade that is also possessive of the word that comes after it? Ex: Classic dance genres ...
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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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Possessive pronoun/object pronoun + Gerund

I have been thinking about this for quite a while and have done some research on it. What I have learned is that possessive pronoun+gerund is a structure that's more "formal", while object pronoun + ...
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Grammaticality of 'that' relative clause in phrase beginning with possessive pronoun [duplicate]

I would like to ask about the grammaticality of a 'that' relative clause modifying a noun phrase that begins with a possessive pronoun. Please consider these examples: Please send in your ...
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Pronunciation of 's after word ending in “is”, “es”

Alexis's sister. Is it pronounced Alec sis sister or Alec sis sis sister?
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plural possessive of Woods [closed]

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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“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 ...