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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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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.
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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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Relative clause and possessive [duplicate]

We know her grandparents, who live in London. We know her grandparents who live in London. Can I omit the comma like the second sentence? Does it sound unnatural or grammatically incorrect ? My ...
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Plural possessive with multiple words [duplicate]

What is the correct form of a plural possessive when the noun has multiple words? For example, would the correct form be: Institutions of higher education's or Institutions' of higher education
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Possessional noun or adjective or determiner? [duplicate]

Imagine there's a company called XYZ. Would/could you say..? "XYZ customers are the happiest of all." Or must you use an apostrophe? "XYZ's customers are the happiest of all." Is it possible 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 ...
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use of “as that of” as comparative and possessive case following it [duplicate]

which of the following usage are right ? 1) The life of the rich is as peaceful as that of the poor. 2) the life of the rich is as peaceful as that of the poor's. 3) Your bicycle is as beautiful ...
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U.S Men's National Team or U.S Men National Team [duplicate]

Can you explain which one is correct or if both are correct, under which scenario one is more suitable than the other? I have this doubt in general, when to use nouns as adjectives or possession like ...
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Do I need to add a noun after the possessive?

By attributing the accident to the woman’s stupidity rather than the man’s, ... Is this grammatically correct? Or do I need a noun after man's?
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men's vs mens which is correct [duplicate]

I am working on an invitation design for a charity. I am wondering which one of these is correct, Young Men's Committee or Young Mens Committee
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“Everyone's heads” or “everyone's head”

An example would be "It flew over everyone's heads", or "It flew over everyone's head". What would be correct in this case and why?
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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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Another way to say the possessive “one another's” or “each other's”

The possessive forms in "one another's" or "each other's" seems awkward as the "s" is given to just one part of the phrase. Is there any other way to say such possessives. Example: Couples do not ...
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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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Double contraction possible with possessive noun + is?

Can one shorten, in informal writing, a phrase like “Smith’s is the best among the ones I’ve seen” to “Smith’s’s best among the ones I’ve seen”, using double ’s contraction? I myself doubt it’s ...
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Possessive s of an indefinite noun

I hope I got the title right, let me describe my problem: I have a sentence like this: "The data supplied by a Myo's sensors [...]" (The Myo is an armband, which can record EMG data to put it simple) ...