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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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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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“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 ...
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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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Why is this sentence wrong? “I looked at our watch” [closed]

While studying English by watching a video, I encountered the following sentence: ”I looked at our watch" in the video it said, the sentence was wrong because "I" is singular and "our" is plural. ...
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State Attorneys General's Offices

Say I was giving a presentation to representatives from the offices of the Attorneys General of several states. How would I describe that meeting and why? I think it is the below, but am not sure ...
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Apostrophe for possession

I have the following (probably, but hopefully not) problem. For me, it is often not clear when to use a possessive apostrophe in engineering speech. Consider the following sentence: thus ...
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The exact meaning of “John's paintings of his cat were auctioned” [duplicate]

Could it be true: John's paintings of his cat were auctioned. = Some paintings made and owned by John depicting his cat were auctioned.
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When to use 'of' as in 'generation of entropy' vs. 'entropy generation'?

In scientific literature both ways are used. Another example is: 'generation of electricity' vs. 'electricity generation'. In other situations, however, 'of' seems to be required: 'addition of sugar' ...
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which is better usage for this plural: sheriff's offices or sheriffs' offices

I am writing about a dozen different offices headed by locally elected sheriffs. There are other 'offices' in the story, so at least a couple of times I'll have to use the full phrase. In your view, ...
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Possessive form of “which” [duplicate]

The possessive form of who is whose. What is the equivalent possessive form of which? which has the same purpose as who as a placeholder in a secondary sentence, with the difference that who is for ...
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Need help understanding the use of possessive noun for this particular sentence [closed]

100 Mn raised by 52 parents for their baby's treatment of extremely underdeveloped organs. or 100 Mn raised by 52 parents for their babies' treatment of extremely underdeveloped organs. Need to ...
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Do conversations, meetings, and interactions indicate joint possession?

While referring to interactions or conversations, does the apostrophe indicate joint possession or discrete possession? For example, The cops analyzed Ron and Mary's interactions to find a clue. ...
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I need help with possessions, should this be center or center's?

At the beginning of the school year, students are required to take measures that will include the standard University Center’s assessment battery. Should it be Center's or Center?
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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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What is more acceptable—“Hopkins's” or “Hopkins'”? [duplicate]

The title is fairly self-explanatory, but I was wondering how one would write/say the possessive form of the name "Hopkins". Is it " Hopkins's " or " Hopkins' " or are both acceptable?
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Can “our” be used with “singular subject”?

I doubt that this sentence is correct. Tutorials Point (I) Pvt. Ltd provides no guarantee regarding the accuracy, timeliness or completeness of our website or its contents including this tutorial. ...
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What is the ’s-possessive form of “the king of Troy, Priam”? [duplicate]

“This was brought about by the king of Troy’s, Priam’s, death.” In this sentence, should the ’s be tagged on to “the king of Troy”, “Priam”, or both?
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In English, are apostrophes supposed to be a ‹ ’ › or ‹ ‘ › or ‹ ‛› or ‹ ' › — or are those all the same so it doesn’t matter? [closed]

Let us pray for our husbands‘ long lives. The ‘ quote is really weird here. I usually use ' in those situations, was I wrong? How do you even type that?
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Should there be an apostrophe in “Ladies' Coats” on the sign in a shop selling ladies' coats? [duplicate]

I work in a charity shop and we sell coats for ladies. Should the sign read "Ladies' Coats" or "Ladies Coats"? I argue for the apostrophe but some of my friends argue that as the coats do not belong ...
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Placing adjectives in front of nouns [duplicate]

I've a doubt for using adjectives in front of nouns in regards dropping the "s" I'm a translator (PT>EN) and sometimes the following examples pop out: (single) Patient Chart / Patient's chart (...
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Does a prepositional phrase by itself confer possession?

In apposition, would it be "X, a graduate student of my husband" or "X, a graduate student of my husband's"?
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Ambiguity with “the players' gloves”

I try to avoid possessives in formal writing, but in some cases the brevity is necessary. With a plural possessive construction such as the players' gloves is it ambiguous grammatically whether ...
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Why does “today’s lesson” seem to be possessive?

Why do we say the following? I'll have an hour's wait at the airport Today's lesson Yesterday's programme Two weeks' worth of groceries. They are not possessive, or are they? ...
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“St. John’s’ parks” vs. “St. Johns’ parks” [duplicate]

Where should the possessive apostrophe be placed? The city is called St John's. The city also has the best parks. St. John's' parks are the best. That can't be right. Is this better? St. ...
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Help understanding errors from English exam in Cyprus

I had the following questions on an exam: SECTION 1: GENERAL ERRORS The following sentences contain ONE grammatical or vocabulary error that has been underlined. Briefly explain why it is an ...
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An indefinite article in front of an adjective without a noun

I've written a sentence that goes "The sky dimmed as the sun fired an emerald beam salute and sank into the far crest of the earth splashing gleams that stained the overhanging firmament a blacklight ...