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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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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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Parsing: “This judge's conclusion” — “this judge,” “this conclusion,” either? [closed]

What is the normal way to parse the following types of phrases? A. [this X]'s Y or B. this [X's Y] This man's opinion This girl's idea This judge's conclusion This politician's ...
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Félix's or Félix'? [duplicate]

Very important question! My friend Félix and I have a group called "Asteflix Novices". We have no idea if the correct way of spelling it would be "Asteflix' Novices" or "Asteflix's Novices". I heard ...
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“…at a few streets distance.” [duplicate]

If I say "I parked at a few streets distance from the stadium", should 'streets' have a possessive apostrophe? ("…a few streets' distance") "…a few streets distance" can be rewritten as "…at the ...
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possessive pronoun in complex sentence

I have a question regarding this sentence: The personalities of project leaders affect their reactions while they face problems in the project. Do you think that the sentence is grammatically ...
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How should I use a possessive apostrophe when a name is between commas?

Is this the correct use of an apostrophe when showing a name and relationship? When was your father, Robert's, wedding? Thanks!
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Is it possible to use 'me' as a possessive in English sentences? [duplicate]

I just found that the word 'me' was used as a possessive in sentences of spoken English, in the movie "Harry Potter": "I'm half and half. Me dads a muggle, mum's a witch." Generally, isn't it ...
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Is it proper to to use “we appreciate YOUR involving us” or “we appreciate YOU involving us”? [duplicate]

Both "sound" strange to me and I'm almost inclined to re-draft this portion of the doc to avoid completely!
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“Both your work”: both and non-transforming plurals

Situation - You are addressing two people - You want to address their work collectively - They both do work, separately Considerations The singular and plural form of your is the same The plural ...
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Why is “Samson had ten men's strength” non-idiomatic?

Per this NGram, the noun phrase ten men's strength has effectively no currency today compared to the strength of ten men. But when a builder is estimating the price for your job, it's always That'll ...
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“through no fault of the pilot” - or - “through no fault of the pilot's”? [duplicate]

I don't know whether it's grammatically correct to say "through no fault of the pilot" - or - "through no fault of the pilot's"? I have heard conflicting things from others as well. Thanks!
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Adding a possessive to a singular noun phrase that ends in a plural noun

Which of these sentences is correct: "The clock under the curtains' hour hand broke off", or "The clock under the curtains's hour hand broke off"? The actual thing being made possessive, "The clock ...
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Possessive apostrophe with the word leeway [duplicate]

Does the time frame used before the word leeway require a possessive apostrophe? For example: 'two weeks leeway'. It feels like it should be treated the same as "two weeks' time".
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“your grandfather’s and my health” or “your grandfather’s and mine health”? [closed]

"Thank you, my dear, for always caring about your grandfather’s and my health.” my teary-eyed grandmother said turning her gaze towards me. or "Thank you, my dear, for always caring about your ...
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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 is the possessive form of “neither”?

I’m working on a worksheet and it’s telling me to make up a sentence using the possessive form of the indefinite pronoun neither. It says to use apostrophes on all these pronouns to make them ...
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Full CV review or Full CV's review? [closed]

Why do we use "Full CV review" and not "Full CV's review"? Isn't it the same as "The board's decision"?
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“The only thought on one's mind” vs. “in one's mind”

I heard the following lines in a song: that I could be the only thought in her mind as she was in mine. I was wondering if it shouldn't be on instead, in both cases. Is the in variant ...
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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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Is it correct to say “that from”?

I have seen the phrase that of being very commonly used, but I have never seen the phrase that from. Does the following sentence makes sense? The number of words recalled from the list of food was ...
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his and her thing or things?

This might be a duplicate, so kindly excuse me if it turns out to be the case. Do we say "This is his and her height" ? To me it sounds correct, but since we are talking about two separate heights, ...
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Possive Question [duplicate]

What is the difference between, say, an aeroplane's pilot and an aeroplane pilot? Are both interchangeable or synonyms? It seems unclear and ambiguous
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How to use possessive case in the following sentences? [duplicate]

We can say: the smell of it Can we say: the arrival of him the son of me And we can't say: a suggestion of Mr. Smith (should be Mr.Smith's, right?) Can we say: a suggestion of Mr. Smith ...
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Is this sentence correct? “User listed already having an attorney.” [closed]

Settle an argument in my office: Is this a valid sentence? " The other 6 were rejected because user listed already having an attorney." The disagreement is that it should say "The other 6 ...
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Can dummy “it” occur as possessive “its”?

I don't want to get too bogged down in exactly what constitutes a dummy pronoun usage (personally, I'd include things like Who's there? It's John, even if not everyone else does). But on this recent ...
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Which is correct here, “your” or “yours”?

I know that "Your" is a determiner and, "Yours" is a possessive pronoun. I had a case where I wasn't sure if it should be used as a determiner or pronoun: In response from your and someone's ...
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Possessive case [closed]

Should I say: The spacing between pattern instances for plane X direction or: The spacing between pattern instances for plane's X direction or there isn't much difference after all? Thanks.
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Possessive Time Period [duplicate]

We have some guide text on our website that reads: This email will send daily to members whose vouchers are expiring in 10 days time However a colleague is insisting that the time period is ...
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Possessive adjective or just “it”?

I'm providing the following sentences as representatives of other similar instances. The survival of a TV channel depends on it attracting as many viewers as possible. The survival of a TV ...
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Correct usage of possessive personal pronouns

I have a question about the appropriate usage the possessive personal pronoun "mine" over the possessive determiner "my". I have done some research and understood the differences between them, but my ...
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How to use possessive quotation mark for an acronym ending in S? [duplicate]

Let's say that you were saying something like "I really appreciate Franklin Business School's resources...", but you wanted to abbreviate Franklin Business School to FBS, would you write the sentence ...
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Possessiveness of a word in quotations [duplicate]

I recently wrote an article about addiction and referred to addiction as a bully and used quotes around "bully" as to not confuse the addiction with another actual human being who is acting unruly. ...
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Correct form of possessive with an institution [duplicate]

I'm wondering, whether this is the correct form of possessive for such sentence: This is Massachusetts Institute's of Technology paper. I know the basic rules, but this more complex example ...
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Do I add “ ’s ” after the number on a pope/king’s name? (e.g. Pope Paul VI’s)

Which of these is it supposed to be? Pope Paul VI's or Pope Paul's VI I know that the second one sounds funny (and silly), but isn't the number technically not a part of the pope's name?
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set off a person's age, possessive

When setting off a person's age, one uses comma before and after: John, 18, lives in France. Is it proper to do the same when "John" is possessive? For example: John's, 18, labrador is white. ...
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Genitive of Fritz [duplicate]

How do I form a Genitive of Fritz, i. e. a word that indicates that something or someone belongs to him? Following options come to mind and neither sounds English: Fritz's friends Fritzes ...
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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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Possessive form for a surname ending with “z”

What is the proper possessive form for a surname that ends with “z”? Is it z’ or z’s?
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The [City] station vs [City] station ~ Definite article

I have an easy question about the usage of the definite article in a context like: " the station of [City name]" What are the differences between these sentences? A) The station of Rome is one of ...
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What word class/part of speech is “ the doctor's ” in “ the doctor's office ”?

I need to be able to identify the word classes/parts of speech of each word in a sentence such as: "He walked into the doctor's office." Is it a possessive determiner? A possessive adjective? A ...
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Translating his/her when the original language is genderless [duplicate]

I'm translating a course manual but I'm struggling with something. The manual could be read by a man or a woman. In my own language, he or she or it doesn't exist, so I'm not sure how to make my ...
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Possessive syntax [closed]

What are all possible possessive syntax forms of a word? For example, "Alzheimer" in a phrase "Dementia in Alzheimer's disease". I know that it is possible to write Alzheimer' or Alzheimer's. ...
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Double possessive with “that”

Is the usage of the 's in the following sentence valid English? His mind is that of a child's. This looks like a double possessive to me, but having read the relevant Wikipedia article, I can't ...
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Apsotrophe for plural possessive noun. E.g. Company Name [duplicate]

Consider the following exemplary company names: Texas Coffee Grounders Mighty Chicken Wings Super Pooper Scoopers Should one reference the possessive form of any of the above company ...
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How to properly say someone and I, my, anniversary [duplicate]

The 2 year anniversary of my girlfriend and me being together is coming up soon and I was about to make a Facebook post about it but I can't figure out the proper way to phrase this and which word to ...
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I dislike his/him being blunt [duplicate]

What is the difference between the two sentences below? Are they both grammatically correct? I dislike his being blunt. I dislike him being blunt.
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“s” + Apostrophe [duplicate]

Our editorial office is more talented than The New York Times'. In this sentence why is it Times' and not Times's?
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Possessive pronouns

Does a first-person possessive pronoun have to come last if it is in a list with others?" "My irresponsible sister loves jewelry, so she took both Sally's and mine. "The same room was marked ...
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Why is “Two friends of my parents' have just left…” grammatically correct?

I just trying to solve this, but my English is not so good. Could anyone help me? Why is the letter a) correct? thanks a lot in advance Complete the following sentence: "Two ________ have just left ...
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Omitting the possessive case correctly [duplicate]

I forgot how exactly the rule in English is called where you can omit the usual possessive case 's and s' if we're speaking about a row of nouns and instead just put them in front of each other (with ...