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

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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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Correct use of “whose” in this context

Which of these would correctly imply individually judging each soul? "As an Arbiter in the limbo between life and death, you must judge whose soul is worthy of heavenly salvation or eternal damnation....
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'Task description' - why isn't possessive used here? [duplicate]

Why is 'task description' form used instead of possessive 'task's description'?
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How do you correctly show ownership of “one of the others”?

An similar but different example I know of is: We put cheese on each other's sandwiches. This is 's because "each other" is the singular usage. reference However, what happens when we want to ...
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Best way to use two consecutive possessives?

This should be simple, but I'm not sure about the best way to express two consecutive possessive pronouns. I'm translating from formal Portuguese. A história da família do rei The history of the ...
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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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Genitive case when speaking about things [duplicate]

Can I say 1/2 of the world's countries? In this case, the world could imply people?
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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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why is it acceptable to say “student club”

I always thought there should be a possessive 's after: "student's club" and I also always thought that student in "student club" is acting like an adjective.
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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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Is this a possessive gerund?

In an episode of Top Gear one of the hosts say the following "Terrible pity about the 350Z Jeremy not liking." Is the "not liking" bit a possessive gerund? That is, is the word (liking) a gerund and ...
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Possessives of implicit nouns

Let's assume that we've got a sentence: "your language acquisition was similar to your students' language acquisition" can we make it shorter to: "your language acquisition was similar to your ...
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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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“A men's washroom” — unusual usage of the indefinite article

An article placed in front of a possessive noun normally refers to that noun. However, every once in a while I come across expressions like "a men's washroom" in which the possessive form of "men" is ...
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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 ...
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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 do you pronounce the possessive form of Las Vegas? [duplicate]

How do you pronounce the possessive form of Las Vegas? Example: Las Vegas' best radio station Is it correct to put only an apostrophe after the 's' when writing the possessive form of this noun?
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Which is correct Jess' or Jess's [duplicate]

Please help us solve our debate. One person says to write "Jess' Bridal Shower", the other says to write "Jess's Bridal Shower". What is the correct way, or are the both correct?
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What does “their” refer to in this sentence?

I'm having a hard time with this sentence: Professional bodies will monitor, and if necessary, discipline members who do not adhere to their ethical principles. Does 'their' refer to the members ...
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What is the correct way to say “It was this week that Justin and my lives changed forever”?

What is the correct way to indicate "Justin and I" as being possessive of our individual lives in this sentence? Is there a way to do this without restructuring the sentence? A friend of mine posted ...
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Article in “a certain writer's skills” [closed]

Should there be an article in a phrase "a certain writer's skills"? In phrases like this, is an article a part of a noun or a noun modifier ("writer's" in this case)?
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What is the infinitive form of a possessive adjective?

I want to create flashcards (French <-> English) about idioms like "to put all your eggs in one basket". Those idioms have to be written in the infinitive form but I don't know what do to with ...
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Possessive apostrophe in “teams' time”?

In this sentence: Used by companies to manage their teams' time. Is that the correct possessive usage on teams? Does it matter if a company has more than one team or not? (I assume it does not.) ...
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Why it is “Okun's Law” and “Philips Curve” rather than “Okun Law” and “Philips' Curve”? [duplicate]

How exactly do these kinds of compound words work? "Okun's Law" and "Philips Curve" rather than "Okun Law" and "Philips' Curve"? Is there any grammar book I can look for?
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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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Possession with common and proper nouns in same sentence [duplicate]

She was in town for her brother’s, Brett’s, birthday. or She was in town for her brother, Brett’s, birthday. or She was in town for her brother’s, Brett’s, birthday. or ?
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Proper use of possessives that involve a parenthetical (I believe that's correct) [duplicate]

Which is correct: My friend, John's, dog recently passed away. OR My friend's, John, dog recently passed away. Thank you.