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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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When to show possession and when not [closed]

Can anybody please explain when should I use an apostrophe S and when not to. If I am referring to certain walls that surround a kingdom, should I say "The kingdom walls" or "the kingdom's walls" ...
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What case is the word preceding a possessive “'s”?

In the sentence "I gave Jane's dog to her." what is the case of the word Jane? The only example where I can see that a case might exist would be in the example of "whoever's" vs. "whomever's" where "...
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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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Can a possessive pronoun stand alone? [closed]

Is this sentence acceptable? It sounds correct but looks informal. Usually, historical nonfiction works are not the most exciting books that one can read, but Jack’s surprisingly rises above the ...
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A possessive affix for words ending in 've'?

I was playing with my spell-checker, and decided to download up-to-date English (British) dictionaries from there. One of the files that is essential for spell-checkers, in addition to the .dic files ...
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“Yoga philosophy” or “Yoga's philosophy”: Difference in meaning with or without the possessive apostrophe? [closed]

For me it feels like there's a difference in meaning but I'm unable to pin it down. It's clear that "Yoga's philosophy" would indicate possession while "Yoga philosophy" wouldn't but I'm unsure of the ...
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3 years' experience of working/ 3 years' experience working [closed]

Are there any dependent prepositions when using years in a possessive form? For example: I have 3 years' experience of working in the science and technology field I have 3 years' experience working ...
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Possessive form of Mrs. (with full-stop/period) [duplicate]

Let's assume I have a text talking about Mrs. Jones and I want to start a section talking about her childhood. Which of the following forms, if any, is valid? Mrs.'s childhood or Mrs.' ...
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Can a program name be possessive? (i.e. Notepad++'s plugin manager) [closed]

On Stack Overflow, I found a question with the following title: what is the notepad++ plugin manager server url While editing the question for readability, I changed the title to: What is the ...
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How to express possessive [duplicate]

If my pie is hot, and Lola's pie is hot. Can I say "Lola and my's pies are hot"? Or should it be "Lola's and my pies are hot"? These posts, "My wife and I's seafood collaboration ...
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Singular or plural in possessives with “of” and “and”

Let me explain my question with an example. I am writing a paper in electrical engineering. We have two type A converters and one type B converter. Each converter has a control loop with a bandwidth. ...
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Is it correct to have 's with these words? [duplicate]

Is the form: vigings' history/legend correct? Or the only way to show the possession in these cases is with the the of form? More examples would be: germans' ..., austrians' ... etc.
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Using the Possessive with Gerunds: appreciate their thinking or appreciate them thinking? [duplicate]

In formal writing, which sentence would be a better choice to imply "I appreciated that they had thought of me"? I appreciated their thinking of me. I appreciated them thinking of me. Is there a ...
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Apostrophe on Proper Nouns that end in -s. “Louis's” vs “Louis’ '’? [duplicate]

Though I see that many have asked the question of whether acronyms that ends with a "s" should be s' or s's, I have puzzled over whether nouns that ends in “s” should end in s's or s'. Many sources ...
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“Welcome to the Jones__”: Plural or Plural Possessive? [closed]

When making a welcome sign, what form of the name Jones would you use? ("Welcome to the Jones__")
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Company name possessive when including abbreviation [duplicate]

Trying to figure out how you do possessives with a company's name who you are also providing initials for for easier reference later. "World Health Organization (WHO)'s meeting" or "World Health ...
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The word's “mage” possessive form comes up as a mistake [closed]

So I've been up and about writing my own little novel and I noticed that the word's "mage" possessive form comes up as a mistake. The example would be the following — "mage's tower". The word "mage" ...
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How would you say “a car manufactured by Toyota”?

I bought a car manufactured by Toyota. How would you say "a car manufactured by Toyota"? I bought Toyota's car. or I bought a car of Toyota. or I bought a car from Toyota. or I bought ...
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Use of possessive determiners with adjectives

I've read this thread and while it does seem to give me the answer I am looking for, I still wanted to ask a related question. Let's take the following sentences as examples: "He lives in a flat, ...
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What is a person who needs to add a descriptor to the possessor's best way of accomplishing this?

The title I used was a rough example of the issue I'm having, but it's one I seem to have from time to time and haven't quite found the right answer, nor, the correct way to ask the question. That ...
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Why do some older writings have misused possessives?

I was recently visiting the Henry Ford museum, when I came across this old billboard: In case it is difficult to read in the picture, the full text was "See it at your Ford dealer's now!" Note that ...
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posession for non living things [duplicate]

Are all the phrases below correct and if they are , what are the differences? Car's window / car window / the window of car
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Possessive for Mothers' Day

OK, so we just passed Mothers' Day and I was curious as to why the card manufacturers all seem to think that the holiday is about one mother, i.e., mother's day vs. all mothers, mothers' day?
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Why is the misspelling of “its” (possessive) so widespread? [duplicate]

It happens everywhere: blogs, forums, newspapers, ... Example: “Regrettably, the time President Trump spent sharing sensitive information with the Russians, was time he did not spend focussing ...
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Is it natural to use the possessive adjective in “their olive trees”?

Does the following sentence sound natural? They harvest their olive trees in autumn. Can I say: their olive trees or does it sound more natural without "their"? They harvest olive ...
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Use of parentheses to include both singular and/or plural possessive

GIVEN: "You can either pay for, or rent, your kid's baseball uniform." QUESTION: If you are sending form letters to each of a number of parents, some of whom have 1 child, and others, 2 or more ...
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What would be the possessive of “Defendants Smith”?

In a legal pleading, we had described several defendants, collectively, as "Defendants Smith". How do I create a possessive for that? Is it "Defendants Smiths' argument" or is it "Defendants Smith's ...
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How can I make initialisms that refer to plurals possessive? [duplicate]

I want to know if it is correct to treat AF as a proper name and thus write "AF's concept" or if I must take the words of the initialism into consideration and write "AFs' (as I would write "Armed ...
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Is it okay to use two possessives to refer to one single thing?

In the sentence I was thinking of in particular, I was trying to speak about the knuckle on the middle finger of someone's right hand. I wrote it as: "[...] resting on his right hand's middle finger'...
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“state's secrets” vs. “state secrets” [closed]

Is it state's secrets or state secret? I am always confused when I try to put " 's " to things . I have read answers about use of the possessive apostrophe but I am not sure whether this should be: ...
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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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Plural of plural of plural [duplicate]

I've looked for similar questions as How to write the “plural of plural”?, but my question might be slightly different. There are boats, and each boat may have zero to many engines. Which is more ...
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“Dollars' worth” vs. “dollars worth” for numerals

I have a follow-up question to "Thousand Dollars Worth" or "Thousand Dollars' Worth". Is this a Possessive?. I agree with the answers that it's both logically correct and ...
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“children's literature” or “children literature”? [duplicate]

I am always confused where to use a "possessive apostrophe". From what I found on the internet it seems to me that children's literature is correct. What about garden chair? In my eyes it's the same. ...
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Possession with monarch names

I am completing a research paper on King Olaf II of Norway. How would I use this monarch's name as a possessive noun? Example sentence: Olaf II's succession to the throne... Is it correct to ...
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Possessive: using it when there's no possession

I was asked to clarify why we say today's lesson or tomorrow's world if by it's very nature possessive only applies to those who possess and therefore it should be theoretically today lesson.
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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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Possessive nouns or not?

While referring to athletes: Why are they champions of men, women, young and old? or They are champions of men, women, young and old. Are these sentences correct or should I use apostrophe to ...
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Bill's friends' car - where to place the apostrophes [closed]

Do I need two apostrophes or only one? Where should I place the apostrophe if I need only one in the following sentence: I borrowed Bill's friends' car
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A pronoun/possessive adjective in a complex construction

"I had been warned about Bill by Dave, and I'd seen his explosive temper in action." Is the antecedent of the possessive adjective 'his' clear here? Or is there some ambiguity as to whether it refers ...
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Should it be Champions' League comeback or Champions League comeback?

When we discuss great comebacks in the history of this competition, It is more correct to say a particular game represented the greatest comeback in Champions League history, or the greatest comeback ...
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Possessives of Communal Nouns with Prepositions

I've come across an intriguing problem while grading a student's work. She wanted to discuss the feeding ground of a whale pod. The original sentence reads "the pod of whales feeding grounds." My ...
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Use of possessive apostrophe in a list and order of words [duplicate]

I would like to know what Lucy, Mary and a third person think - taking into account they might have different opinions. Would the following sentence be correct? I would like to know Lucy's, Mary's ...
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Am I correct that, in terms of conversation, “converse” can in no way be used as a noun?

The word "Converse" can certainly be used as a noun in other applications of English, but saying anything like that a participant in a conversation "had converse" is surely out of the question? When ...
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Sentence with “auto” possessive [duplicate]

Consider the following English sentence: I explained John's and Arthur's progress. What would be the best (i.e. more elegant) way to change it if, instead of Arthur (or John), the 2nd person was ...
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Question about possessives [duplicate]

Why is not it possible to write "company files" as "company's files"? I am not quite sure whether it is correct to say "company's files".
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Weekend Celebrations or Weekend's Celebrations [duplicate]

Imagine a wedding invitation which ends with the following sentence: To round off the weekend celebrations, please join us for lunch. Would it be more, less, or equally correct to say: To round ...
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Using a possessive apostrophe when referring to an unnamed protagonist “I”

For my English class, I am writing an analysis on The Yellow Wallpaper. My proposed thesis is: In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, Gilman uses the ostracism and incarceration of ...
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Individual Items Owned by “One another”

The sentence is: I don’t mind being restricted from making changes, but we cannot efficiently troubleshoot if we’re relying on one another’s schedules. Is the 's' in "schedules" correct? It ...
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apostrophe, compound noun, compound modifier

I was trying to decide whether to put an apostrophe at the end of "couples" in this sentence: You're invited to the annual married couples breakfast. My knee-jerk answer is yes, it needs an ...