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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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Adverbs modifying nouns?

1. What this question is about It is about cases where an adverb apparently modifies a word of a type that adverbs aren't supposed to be able to modify, like nouns and personal pronouns. It is very ...
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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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A friend of Jane and Tom or A friend of Jane and Tom's?

We can say: She's a friend of mine. She's a friend of Tom's. She's a friend of my parents'. But today I saw this: She's a friend of Jane and Tom. Is it correct? Or should it be: She's a friend of ...
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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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What is the correct way to possessivize (if that's a word) a compound noun? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities When forming the possessive of a compound noun, does one add "'s" to both or just one ...
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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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“you,” “your” or “yours” in this sentence? [duplicate]

I just received an email that had the following sentence, We have plenty of magic that will pique your and your customers' interest. Aside from the obvious errors, do we use "you" "yours" or "...
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Is it “John or Mary's house” or “John's or Mary's house”?

I understand that if John and Mary own a house together, it is John and Mary's house. If they jointly owned multiple houses, they would be John and Mary's houses. I also understand that if John and ...
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Plural Possessive (With Mom and Dad's Love) [duplicate]

What is the best way to say "With Mom and Dad's Love" With Mom and Dad's Love With Mom's and Dad's Love Option 1 sounds better, but I guess you could interpret that as Mom the person and Dad's love.
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Showing joint or individual possession [duplicate]

Which of the following do you think is correct (I've substituted real company names with X/Y/Z): Competition Commission clears X's and Y's investment in Z. Competition Commission clears X and Y's ...
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Possessive-S/apostrophe in a list, including the first and second person

When adding possessive-S/apostrophe to a list, the rule is only the last person has the apostrophe if the item is shared, or everyone has one if they have the items each, e.g. John and Mary's houses =...
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Question about possessive (adj/pron) with additional party [duplicate]

I'm wondering about possessive adj/pronoun and apostrophe S in sentences where you add on additional "possessors". Could anyone give me feedback about whether the following sentences are correct, ...
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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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“What are Liam and Noel's jobs?” versus “What are Liam's and Noel's jobs?” [duplicate]

This question is about use of the group genitive versus joint possessives in a phrase and/or list. Where two or more distinct persons, animals, etc., are in the genitive, the group genitive ...
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What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in “‑s”?

What is the possessive of a noun ending in ‑s? Are these both right, or is the second one wrong? the boys' books the boss' car
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Plural possessive with separate posessions

When we refer to a house that belongs to a family, we say "family's house". Pluralizing family gives us "families". Referring to the houses of several families, we say "families' houses". Forming the ...
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“Nikki's and Alice's X” vs. “Nikki and Alice's X”

Which option is grammatical? There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni’s and Alice Walker’s writings. There will be readings from Nikki Giovanni and Alice Walker's writings. Saying it out ...
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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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What is the proper way to say possesive with “person X” and self? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner I've never known what the proper way to use a sentence in which you and a specific person (as in you can't just say "our" ...
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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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Compound Possessive [duplicate]

I am having problem understanding what the following sentence means exactly: Bill's and my car had to be towed last night. I can't quite figure out why the possessive is used in Bill's and what it ...
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Grammar and sentence structure check [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What possessive forms are used for mutual 1st person ownership? My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner Possessive for a third person and a first person My and my ...
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How would you write the possessive with yourself and another person? [duplicate]

How would you write the possessive with yourself and another person? For example: Would you like to join Bob's and my group?
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What possessive forms are used for mutual 1st person ownership? [duplicate]

I want to talk to someone about the house that my wife and I own. Saying, for example, "My wife's and my house is awesome," sounds a bit funny to me. What's the best way to express this? ...
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Correct form of object of sentence with grouped possessive and personal pronoun?

Lets say the object of a sentence is a possessive, of more than one nouns. Something that is say both someone else's and my own. IE Tom's and mine, as in the sentence This meeting requires Tom and ...
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What is the proper usage of the possessive group in this sentence. [duplicate]

It has helped with both Alex and my problems. I'm not sure if I should use the above or the following, or just reverse the order. It seems my natural inclination is to word it the way above. ...
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“in you_ and your family’s best interests”

I’ve seen this picture of a leaflet being tweeted today. It’s supposedly issued by the UK government and distributed widely: Am I overlooking something or does it really contain the grammar error ...
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“You and your” vs. “Your and your”

Which is correct, and why? identifying you and your competitors’ relative market performance or identifying your and your competitors’ relative market performance Each entity is in possession ...
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“Your and my [something]” vs “Yours and my…”

Prompted by comments against this question, I'd like some help figuring out why some people (myself included) prefer yours over the apparently more logical/grammatically consistent your in this kind ...
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“My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner”

I just stumbled upon a Reddit post titled: My wife and I's seafood collaboration dinner. How does it look? Sure enough, the top comment immediately points out that it should be "my wife's and my". ...
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Double possession dilemma: should I say “your” or “yours”?

What is the best way to say this? Because of yours and the John Wichel Foundation’s grant we are able to continue our mission to serve all Texans with diabetes. Should it be Because of your ...
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Use of an Apostrophe in Maths Place Values

In mathematics, when you're discussing the concepts behind different number bases, it's often necessary to refer to a digit's place. For example, in the following "base 10" number (the number system ...
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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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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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“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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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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Question about an AP Style rule

AP Style Rule: If the word following a singular common noun ending in "s" begins with "s," add an apostrophe only. Based on AP's rule above, are the following bulleted examples correctly ...
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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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Does a person have two “masters’ degrees” or two “master’s degrees”?

When someone has more than one master’s degree, should these be described as have several masters’ degrees or several master’s degrees? In other words, which of these two applies: (singular) a ...
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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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How do you make a word like “parent(s)” possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? "Please submit your and your parent(s)' federal tax returns." Is the possessive of "parent(s)'" correctly formatted in ...
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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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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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Accusative and genitive constructions - interchangeability; usage of “of” in genitive

Would it be acceptable to replace the emphasized (genitive) construction in the following sentence "The photographer Terry Richardson, after being accused in one documentary of sexual assault of ...
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How to use possessive apostrophe with words in quotation marks?

How to us possessive apostrophe with words in quotes? For example, ...a few days later I discovered that those five little boys were not that well-behaved (as I firstly thought). In fact they were ...