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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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The use of possesive with attributive nouns

This has been puzzling me greatly. I see "Governance quality has been decreasing ..." and think it should be "Governance's quality has been decreasing ...". I read a bit more and realize now that ...
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three discourses directions or three discourses direction [on hold]

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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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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Brand partners or Partner brands? [closed]

What is the correct way to say that I have worked with brands that are partners with my company XXX Worked with XXX’s brand partners Worked with XXX’s partner brands Is there any rules. I often ...
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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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Usage of symbol ' for possession [closed]

Why in some cases we use ' for possession (Kosovo's independence) and in some we don't (Kosovo declaration of independence) How should I know when to use ' sign? Should I say "Kosovo's anthem" or "...
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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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Why is “our today's meeting” wrong?

One of the answers to this question states that "We shall discuss it in our today's meeting" is grammatically correct. To me, that sentence is clearly wrong. While in today's meeting is fine and in ...
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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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Is it correct to say “I write children books” (not possessive case)? [closed]

Although Children's books is what everybody says, I would like to understand why the genitive case is applied in such case. If I write books for children, children is an adjective here; not the ...
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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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Definite or indefinite article in “the/a devil's advocate”

I can't quite figure out which of the following expressions is more correct: He is the devil's advocate. He is a devil's advocate. He is playing devil's advocate. The combination of an article with ...
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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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What is the possessive form of “y'all”?

I generally hear y'alls's used as the possessive form, but I have also heard yourn. Since y'all is a colloquial pronoun, its possessive form is basically liberated from prescriptive linguistics which ...
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articles with the possessive nouns in the plural

Is there a definite rule about the use of articles with the possessive nouns in the plural? One rule says that the article in such a phrase modifies the possessive noun. So, it is correct to say "...
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Singular and plural possessive of “species”

I need to construct a sentence, in which I'm referring to a feature of each of the animals in a given species. I don't quite know what the possessive of species should be, both in singular and plural. ...
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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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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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Using quotes around a nickname that's in the possessive

I wanted to send a reading list to my dad about the state of the economy. One such commentator is known by the nickname "Dr. Doom". I went to write: "Dr. Doom's" view is ... but that didn't look ...
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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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When is a gerund supposed to be preceded by a possessive adjective/determiner?

I assume that the following sentences are grammatically correct: He resents your being more popular than he is. Most of the members paid their dues without my asking them. They objected to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why doesn't “its” have an apostrophe?

I know that its is the possessive and it's is the contraction, and know when to use them. But why doesn't the possessive have an apostrophe? "The bear's eating a fish." [contraction] "The bear's ...
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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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Each of the girls in Mark's shop spent “their” or “her” money buying cakes

Can you please tell me if we would use their or her as a possessive pronoun in this sentence? Each of the girls in Mark's shop spent their money buying cakes. Each of the girls in Mark's shop spent ...
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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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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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“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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Saturday's class vs saturday class

everyone! I have a doubt about it: saturday's class x saturday class Which one is correct? I always get confused to know when I use 's when it comes to therms like these ones, when there isn't a ...
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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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“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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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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Why use “his” in association with the word “mankind”?

The economist Keynes in a book wrote: The power to become habituated to his surroundings is a marked characteristic of mankind. I would have used "its" instead but since English is not my mother-...
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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'...