Questions tagged [possessives]

Questions about the possessive, one of several constructions that describe ownership or association between two objects.

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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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Possessive pronoun [closed]

The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana's album. The Emptiness will always be my favourite Alesana album. which one is correct? as to my understanding that people would not use the ...
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Using a possessive apostrophe with an initialism [closed]

Should you write "some of the UK's longest tunnels..." or "some of the UKs longest tunnels..."?
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Successive possessive words

In the following phrase, should the word "interests" have an apostrophe? We favor inter-agency collaboration in order to ensure that our clients’ interests’ triumph. I have been unable to convince ...
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Is “it's” or “its” possessive? [closed]

For a very long time now I've been using "it's" as the possessive form for "it". There have been some people that have said "its" is the possessive form, but I'm not sure if that's true. "It's" seems ...
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“My Articles' Comments” or “My Article Comments” | “My Reviews' Comments” or “My Review Comments”

I need to add menu items (filters) on my website but I'm not sure which one is correct: My Articles' Comments My Reviews' Comments OR My Article Comments My Review Comments For example, if you ...
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typesetting: small caps on possessive apostrophe after name? [closed]

Some typesetting styles use small caps on surnames, e.g., "Mᴀᴏ Zedong's Little Red Book". If the surname comes last, however, I'm not sure whether or not the possessive apostrophe-ess should be ...
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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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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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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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The companies money or the companies' money [closed]

Is there an apostrophe and where if you are writing about multiple companies such as in the example below? The companies money.
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“Alan's first birthday” vs. “Alans' first birthday” [closed]

when writing out invitation cards would it be "Alans' first birthday" or "Alan's first birthday"?
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Apostrophe for words ending with the letter S [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? When did it become correct to add an 's' to a singular possessive already ending in 's'? I always had this difficulty ...
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'I want to study all of them's subtitles.' - is that correct? [migrated]

Please tell me, can I say following: I got 10 movies and I want to study ALL OF THEM'S English subtitles. My question refers to the words all of them's. Can I say that or must I use the normal ...
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Gerund needs to be modified by a possessive? [duplicate]

Is this true? Not sure if Signup up is a gerund And if so does it need to modified by a possessive? It doesn’t sound right to me with “your”
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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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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 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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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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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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“user's details” or “user details” [duplicate]

user's details or user details, which one is the correct form when referring to the details of a user in a database? Regards
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Using an apostrophe on wedding invitation [duplicate]

I am designing an RSVP, in which I give my guests the option of choosing their meal preference. I have a column for ticking the option of a kid's meal, then at the bottom I have a key for all of the ...
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gerund/possessive usage quandary [duplicate]

He did not appreciate the men taking charge of the project. vs. He did not appreciate the men's taking charge of the project. If sentence 2 is technically correct it seems awfully silly and ...
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Investors assets or Investor's assets? [closed]

I am wondering about which sentence is correct? It is therefore measuring the volatility of an investors asset. or It is therefore measuring the volatility of an investor's asset.
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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 possessives [duplicate]

Which is correct: "Drs. Ha and Smith's comments" or "Drs. Ha's and Smith's comments" (referring to the comments of both drs.)
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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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What is a “Norman genitive”? [closed]

I have encountered such a term, and I have no idea what it is. Could it be 'of'?
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When an item belongs to Bob, is it Bob's item or Bobs item [closed]

Should I use: That is Bob's phone He is Bob's student Bob's car is red or: That is Bobs phone He is Bobs student Bob's car is red
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Charge of the Light Bridage

"Forward, the Light Brigade!" Was there a man dismay'd? Not tho' the soldier knew Someone had blunder'd: Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die: ...
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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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Possessive form of inanimate subject [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car's antenna”? Is it "role of the FRG" or "the FRG's role"? I know that although the FRG is not a person, ...
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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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Unsure which possessive form to use [closed]

If I say The first *groups presentation was on insects. is it group's or groups'?
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“during one of my girlfriend's games”

I was trying to say "During one of my girlfriend's soccer games..." The problem is when I spoke it, it could be interpreted as "Out of all of my girlfriends... during one of their games this ...
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Teacher views or Teacher' views [closed]

Which is correct when writing a sentence about the views given by teachers? Teacher views or Teacher' views
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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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Question about an AP Style rule

AP Style Rule: If the word following a singular common noun ending in "s" begins with "s," add an apostrophe only. Based on AP's rule above, are the following bulleted examples correctly ...
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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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Why don't we use an apostrophe to denote ownership on 'it'? [duplicate]

We use apostrophes to denote ownership: I wrapped the cat's claws so he wouldn't scratch me while I handled him. However, we don't use an apostrophe when 'it' is the owner. The cat licked its ...
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Analysis's output vs analysis output vs output of the analysis [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Apostrophe “s” vs “Of” possessive connecting word for inanimate object Once again I'm not sure if I should use possessive or atributive or neither of ...
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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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Exam day or exam's day? [closed]

What one's correct? I will see you on the exam day I will see you on the exam's day Today is the exam day Today is the exam's day And why?
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Distinguishing between plurals and posessives

Example of what I mean: If I have more than one google I have googles, if Google has goggles the goggles are Google's. When Google's down, people get upset. But if Google's Google's best friend, ...
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When a woman says ''no problem'' to thank you, is she being disrespectful? [duplicate]

I am curious to read your thoughts on the matter.