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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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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 ...
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When do you use the construction seen in “the knights of the round table” to indicate possession?

This question comes up very often in my language classes, as this particular construction more closely resembles the way you would indicate possession in Dutch. Many of my students use 'the X of Y' ...
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Where should the apostrophe go on a possessive abbreviation?

When expanding an abbreviation in parentheses, sometimes the thing that was abbreviate was used in a possessive context. Consider the following example: If the Giant Ostrich Bomb's (GOB) fuse is ...
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What is the best word for possessive determiner his/her [duplicate]

Is there any word or any rule that we can use instead of writing his/her all the time for possessive determiners E.g: Student can come with his/her bag. - Student can come with their bag. Is it ...
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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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Using possessive apostrophe s of a singular abbreviation that ends with s

Which one is correct? 1- The OPS structure. 2- The OPSs structure. 3- The OPS's structure. 4- The OPS' structure. OPS: A singular abbreviation.
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What is the difference between phrases “buyer name” and “buyer's name”?

I really confused about using of possessive adjectives. One another example - "type of something" (type of thing) and something type (thing type) - what is the difference? Where and when should I use ...
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Possesives of Multiple Objects

How does one describe the possessives of multiple parties? For example the apples of Mark and the oranges of Fred. Would it be: Mark and Fred's apples and oranges Or perhaps: Mark's and Fred's ...
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“Him” vs. “His” in a gerund subject phrase [duplicate]

I have seen in movies that people say this: "Him nagging like a baby drives me crazy" However, as far as I know, it must be: "His nagging like a baby drives me crazy" Now I am wondering which ...
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Is it right to say “Jack's father's mother's books”? [duplicate]

To mention possessions, how many possessive nouns and possessives are we allowed to have in a sentence. Is it right to say?: Jack's father's mother's brother's house
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Double possessive of a single noun [closed]

I am writing a question for a quiz. I need some advice on what the "right" way to word the question. The question follows a short passage in a foreign language. The question is asking about the ...
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Post genitive usage

I am writing an introduction to a mathematical text and have to convey the authorship of certain ideas and theorems. However, I am unsure which of the phrases I wanted to use are actually proper ...
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Correct Grammar Surrounding “Asylum Seeker Children”

I was wondering what the most appropriate wording would be for the following instance. Today I will be illustrating the complexity of the issue that is whether or not asylum seeker children ...
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Which one is correct? earth treasures , or earth's treasures

I want to know which one is correct? We illuminate earth treasures. or we illuminate earth's treasures.
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Is there any rule on using possessive s [closed]

Why is "table's row/leg/dimensions/size (and many more)" correct but not "(the) car's radio" please? Is there any clear rule on using the possessive s in English please?
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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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the basement door

1) We opened the basement door and entered it. 2) We opened the basement's door and entered it. 3) We opened the door of the basement and entered it. Which of the above sentences are correct? It ...
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How do we form the possessive of a noun that is possessive in form? [duplicate]

Bloomingdale's has a summer collection. Whose is it? Bloomingdale's's?
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How to Correctly Imply Possession for the Surname “Camus”

My surname is Camus. Spoken by the French it is correctly pronounced "Camu" (loosing the "s"), but spoken by the English it is all too often pronounced "Camus" using the "s". This leads to a slight ...
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is withs or with's correct [duplicate]

In the phrase 'The person I'm in contact withs name is Dan Smith' is this correct or is it with's or is if it wrong altogether what should it be.
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Possessive of already possessive proper noun! [duplicate]

I was wondering how to write the possessive form of a proper noun that is already in a possessive form (confusing, I know...) My company's name is Tuc's Contracting. If I were to write the possessive ...
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about the usage of “the” before a possession construction [duplicate]

There are examples I took from Murphy's English Grammar in Use, Unit 81B the Carters' house Mr and Mrs Carter's house I couldn't understand why the latter goes like that and not like "the Mr and Mrs ...
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I'm not sure if “'s” is valid in this sentence

While writing an academic paper on chemistry, I have to write a section, entitled: Cumene hydroperoxide's dissociative adsorption. My question is, would it be correct to write it without 's ? In ...
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Company's departments (offices): New York's department (office) or New York department (office)

What is the proper way to list company's departments (offices) which are located in several cities? New York's department: +1-212-123... San Francisco's department: +1-415-321... or New York ...
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What is the possesive of the plural of latch? [closed]

How would you refer to the levers for a group of latches? Would that be: "the latches's levers" "the latches levers" "the latches' levers" Thank you!
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Genitive without apostrophe or s?

I have to translate the title of my college work and I can't decide whether it is correct to say "Colleagues rating system" or "Colleagues' rating system", because I have often seen examples where ...
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What's the the proper usage of apostrophes for possession when two might be used? See example

I've looked other places online to try and find the answer to this question and was unable to confirm if I should use an apostrophe for both words or not. It seems awkward to do so but grammar rules ...
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Using commas with apostrophes for three or more plural possessive nouns

Is it teachers', students', and administrators' experiences or teachers,' students,' and administrators' experiences ? I think it is the first example with apostrophe, then comma?
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What is the plural of the name Jess? [duplicate]

I understand it's grammatically correct to use apostrophe s for the plural of letters. Dot your i's and cross your t's. But not for proper nouns that end with s. Here come the Jones's Joneses. ...
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directory path or directory’s path

I know that I should use an apostrophe if I want to show possession. My questions: Which form should I use? Are the forms interchangeable?
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surpass he or his, possessive or pronoun

Mary and John were given the same task. In the end, Mary's work is better, and far exceeds his/him. Is "him" grammatically incorrect here?
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apostrophes : girls' and boys' team

Quoting businesswritingblog.com: The girls' and boys' teams are both in the playoffs. (Both girls and boys have their own team--both have their own apostrophe.) The girls and boys' team ...
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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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Double possessive: a friend of Steven's [duplicate]

I am wondering about the "double possessive" I have been reading about. I have a couple of sentences as an example: He’s a new client of Jane and Kevin’s and a close childhood friend of Steven O’...
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Correct usage of the possessive in the name “Christiaan Huygens”

I'm writing a lab for a simple diffraction experiment, and I am stuck on this grammatical point: Is it more appropriate to say "Huygens' Principle" or "Huygens's Principle"*? A cursory glance at ...
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What can come after a Possessive Adjective?

This sentence: "Today's my breakfast" means: "Today is my breakfast" But if it is written like: "My today's breakfast" it would mean: "The breakfast I eat today" (literal). "Today" then acts ...
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Wonder's hood end, or is it wonderhood's end?

-hood is the suffix indicating a place or condition, i.e. childhood, neighborhood, etc. At times I have considered the title of the Arthur Clarke novel CHILDHOOD'S END and have wondered if CHILD'S ...
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What is the plural and singular form of people you follow on social media?

I'm developing a social network which has a feature similar to twitter's follow/following setup. At the moment I have the following (hehe) terminology on the site: follower - someone who follows you ...
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Concerning: its'

During my formative years, I had access to many older publications and learned, or thought I did, that its' is the proper way to indicate possession. Thus: "Speaking of this boat, its' hull needs ...
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Is “decades’ past” possessive?

I’m pretty sure I have this right; here's my sentence: There were a few random music friends from decades’ past there to see her, and she couldn’t be any prouder. Do I have the apostrophe right?
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Is it correct to say peg location instead of peg's location? [closed]

So I was reading "Solitaire" rules and a few times it was written "peg location", isn't it correct to say "peg's location"? Also why do people say "game score" instead of "game's score"
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Possessive adj vs. Possessive pronoun

---- idea is not worthy Fill in the blank with a possessive pronoun a."His idea is not worthy" b."Your idea is not worthy" The answer was b. But why is "His idea" wrong?
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Can an interrupting phrase be used after a possessive term? [closed]

Is this sentence grammatically incorrect? The cat's—who was still sleeping—bowl is filled with milk. If not, what does it imply?
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Word can be single or plural and is also possessive at the same time

I am trying to construct a sentence for a printed document that requires an odd usage of a noun that can be singular or plural but is also possessive. Here is an example of a sentence that contains a ...
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Two year's experience or two years' experience or two years experience? [duplicate]

The title says it all; which is correct? Two year's experience or Two years' experience or Two years experience? Likewise, One year's experience or One years experience? I was surprised I couldn't ...
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Is possessive's apostrophe dispensable in any case?

For instance, in the following sentence: Is it possible to reset columns' width to default in the message pane? Can I forget the apostrophe, using "columns width"? I don't see the possessive/...
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Should I prefer “my” or “our” when the object (a kid, a house) is “co-owned” by two people both present?

I was sitting on a couch between the wife and the husband of an old married couple (native English Londoners) and they were showing me pictures of their kids. They kept using phrases like here is ...
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Verb inversion with possessive pronoun + interrogative

Is it yours? vs It is yours? Can #2 ever be appropriate? Does it exist to facilitate placing emphasis on the personal pronoun?
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Alternative for double genitive in “the author's master's thesis”

Im my PhD thesis I'm referring to my master's thesis. Avoiding first person, I would refer to it as "the/this author's master's thesis", but the double genitive s sounds clumsy to me. Are there ...
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“…their respective group's websites” or “…their respective groups' websites”

I am sending a resource to two group leaders who have the option of sharing it. Which, if either, of the below are correct: They can put it on their respective groups' websites. They can put ...