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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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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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How do you refer to a 'they' character in a poem in a possessive sense?

I am writing a paper about Emily Dickinson's ‘They shut me up in Prose –.’ The two characters of the poem are the speaker and an unidentified group only referred to as 'they' and later as 'themself.' ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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Analyzing 'genitive/accusative + V-ing phrase (gerund-participle phrase)' as different constructions

(1) I regretted [his leaving the firm]. (2) I regretted [him leaving the firm]. (3) I regretted [leaving the firm]. (4) He didn’t bother [giving me a copy]. Regarding the above ...
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Why is the genitive case necessary/unecessary in the examples below?

I speak English as a second language, and I ran into something this week that I couldn't explain, even though I could understand its meaning. While reading an artcle entitled "More people now ...
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Plural noun or singular noun + possessive

When the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868 —150 years ago this Monday — it closed the door on schemes that aimed to make the U.S. a white man’s country. (source) I ...
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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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Should I write “WP page” or "WP's page?

I am writing a scientific paper and must refer to a page of Wikipedia (WP for short). Should I write "WP page" or "WP's page"? "WP's page" seems to me to be correct, but somehow it sounds strange...
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genitive case (difficult surnames)

When we write difficult surnames, e.g. Novak Djokovic, is it neccessary to use 's in the genitive case? Is it correct to write Novak Djokovic match-ball, or we must write Novak Djokovic's match-ball (...
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When introducing an initialism for the first time in a paper, but the noun is possessive, do I make the initialism possessive as well?

E.G., "Mobile network operator's (MNO's) networks are overloaded." Or "Mobile network operator's (MNO) networks are overloaded."
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“Garry is my brother's Jack son.”

My son was given this worksheet. He wrote the word Jack in the lower right box and Garry above it in chart 2. I think he got it backwards, but does the sentence "Garry is my brother's Jack son" make ...
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possessives and number (sing./pl)

I'm revising a text containing these two sentences: a) Students’ sex was coded by using their first names. b) Students’ birthday was self-reported in the survey, I'm sure the correct version ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Possessive after proper name

The Penguin Guide to Pronunciation says: "A name ending in S takes only an apostrophe if the possessive form is not pronounced with an extra s. Hence: Socrates' philosophy, Saint Saens' music Ulysses'...
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Saturday's class vs saturday class

everyone! I have a doubt about it: saturday's class x saturday class Which one is correct? I always get confused to know when I use 's when it comes to therms like these ones, when there isn't a ...
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“Confirmation parents' meeting” or “confirmation parents meeting”?

If a meeting is for a group of parents run by a Church, for example, would it be "Confirmation parents' meeting" or "Confirmation parents meeting"?
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Possessive pronoun/object pronoun + Gerund

I have been thinking about this for quite a while and have done some research on it. What I have learned is that possessive pronoun+gerund is a structure that's more "formal", while object pronoun + ...
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What I resented was [Kim mistreating my cat]. Why is [] a subordinate clause?

I intended Kim to interview both candidates. [raised object] I intended for Kim to interview both candidates. [subject] As shown above, The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language analyzes an ...
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“worth” with possessive(s) in coordinated nominals

According to Garner Modern English Grammar The idiomatic possessive should be used with periods of time and statements of worth — 30 days’ notice (i.e., notice of 30 days), three days’ time, ...
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Pronunciation of 's after word ending in “is”, “es”

Alexis's sister. Is it pronounced Alec sis sister or Alec sis sis sister?
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Does the apostrophe come before or after the s when the noun is less than one?

I have a noun, "second", that I need to make possessive in the sentence, It's like having a second's slower reflexes. When I make it plural, the apostrophe comes after the s. It's like having ...
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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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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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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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Possessives… Appositives? And also bracketed commas

I have the following sentence, and the final commas around "and the vehicle's" really irk me. I can't work out if it's correct but badly written, or actually grammatically wrong. Help! "Yet, as ...
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patient and family needs?

How should I write this? "Communicated patients’ and families’ needs to physicians...." OR "Communicated patient and family needs to physicians..." As you might be able to tell, I'm updating my ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...