Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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The possessive s [closed]

My problem is about the possessive s (the ownership s) not that ending-s. For example, we say, America's Flag, here the America has gotten one ownership s that is America is the owner of that Flag. ...
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“Taiwan visa” or “Taiwanese visa”?

Which way is correct? Is there any rule for such cases?
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“List of tasks” or “tasks' list”

Which of these forms is better: list of tasks or tasks' list? Another question is whether I should use an apostrophe or not (tasks's list vs tasks list). Other phrases which are similar to this, but ...
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Mother love or mother's love?

I found the following lines from a book written on philosophy: "The love of a mother for her child is neither Buddhist nor Christian: it is mother love." Is it possible to express "mother love" as it ...
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What was the difference between “ye” and “thy”?

I'm PRETTY sure that my History of the english Language professor told me that "ye" was actually pronounced [ði], because the character that closely resembles a Modern English "y" was actually ...
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When addressing my 'Sensei', should I omit the possessive “my”?

In English, when (if ever) is it appropriate to use the possessive with a formal title when addressing someone? Kind of like I would say, "As you wish, my greatest of loves." For example, Thank ...
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“Decoding time” vs. “time of decoding”

What's the difference between "decoding time" and "time of decoding", "data compression" and "compression of data"? And why isn't it "decoding's time", but "decoding time"?
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My son's photo vs a photo of my son

I was wondering whether it is correct to say 'this is my son's photo' meaning a photo of my son? Can the phrase 'this is my son's photo' imply a photo in which one can see someone's son or can it ...
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How to pronounce acronyms with apostrophes?

Simple question: How do you pronounce acronyms when they're used with apostrophe to express possession? For example: In the NIH's high-risk, high-reward programmes, “if an idea isn't developing ...
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Ten years (of) experience

IT professional with 10+ years of experience. Do I need to put "of" between "years" and "experience"? I would have put it without any doubt if I hadn't read a few examples without "of" in the book ...
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Why do we say a “hotel room” and not a “hotel's room”? [closed]

I would like to know what the rule is to explain why we do not use the genitive construction hotel's room. Instead, we say "a hotel room". Other examples: a hospital bed a bike stand Would it ...
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How to correctly refer to animal parts as food?

I have found little consistent in how animal parts used as food are named. How can I correctly refer to the tongue of ducks, the necks of ducks, or the ears of pigs? Do you like duck's neck? ...
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“Whom” or “who” and replies to such questions

Which is the most natural way to ask the question below? Are the replies correct? (Words in parentheses show that they are optional.) Whose are these notebooks? - (Of) our students./These notebooks ...
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“Project's status” or “project status”

Should I say the project's status or the project status?
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Usage of “whose” not referring to a person [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Referring to some attribute of an inanimate object — use “who's”? I noticed the use of "whose" in the following sentence I wrote does not refer to a person: ...
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Possessive form of “one of [a list]”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Plural possessive with separate posessions Which of the following is more correct? Or is there another form I'm missing? We drove to the movies in one of my buddy's car. ...
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Plural Possessive of a Singular Noun

While browsing this SE site, I stopped to look at the "What kind of questions can I ask here?" section of the FAQ, where the following is written: Questions on the following topics are welcomed ...
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Marine Corps Possessive [duplicate]

I am editing my brother’s paper, and I realized I am unsure about the possessive form of Marine Corps, such as The best kept secret of the Marine Corps Is it the Marine Corps’ best kept secret ...
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User’s/Users’/Users Group [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “User's guide” vs. “users' guide” If referring to a Users Group (meaning a group made up of multiple individual users who have some control of ...
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Possessive apostrophe for owner of owner of owner of

I've read Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities and "Nikki's and Alice's X" vs. "Nikki and Alice's X", but my ...
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Possessive case for a certain proper noun - ss apostrophe [duplicate]

In the case of the proper noun Ross, which of the following would be correct? Ross's Ross'
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Singular/plural possessive form of fish? [closed]

The singular form of fish is fish. The plural form of fish is also fish. What are their possessive forms?
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In “an idea of Hölderlin’s”, is “of” a partitive or a genitive?

We often use these constructions. A friend of mine is probably the most common. I have often wondered, being an English teacher, whether the function of the preposition of in such contexts is that of ...
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What's the right possessive pronoun for “nobody”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? None as plural indefinite pronoun Should it be ...
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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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What is the correct possessive form of “One of the guys”? [closed]

Which one should it be? One of the guys' One of the guy's EDIT: Never mind, I think I answered my own question. I realized it would probably be related to the object being possessed. E.g.: "One of ...
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Origin of plurals and possessives

What is the origin of English plurals and possessives? English plurals look more French plurals, but I am not sure that is where they come from. As for possessives, I don't know where they come from.
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Should I answer the phone with “Mr. Beltz’s office” or “Mr. Beltz’ office”?

How would you pronounce the following when answering a phone for a boss whose last name is Beltz? Some people are saying Mr. Beltz’s office, pronouncing the extra s, and someone else thinks you should ...
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How to use possessives apostrophes when the word ends with a symbol?

For example, if I want to say an account of Google+, is it the same as say a Google+'s account? In other words, are possessives formed in the same way as always, no matter whether the word ends in ...
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“me's” when referring to another version of you?

Let's say I want to refer to a toy that I had when I was younger. Would it be incorrect to say "young me's toy"?
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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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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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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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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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The house of a friend of Bob’s

How do I say (a friend of Bob’s)’s house? It’s like a double possesive. Bob’s friends are a class of people. Tom, a friend of Bob’s denotes that he is one among Bob’s friends. Now what if I want to ...
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Help…is it “Consumer's Needs” or “Consumers' needs” ? or “Consumers Needs”?

I am doing a presentation for a packaged goods company...is it "Consumer's Changing Needs" or "Consumers' Changing Needs" or "Consumers Changing Needs" ? Context: It is for a slide headline that is ...
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When do I use the possessive with “Tiffany & Co”? [duplicate]

Is there a grammatical reason for Tiffany & Co being made possessive in Breakfast at Tiffany's?
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“Your company name” or “Your company's name”?

Which way is correct here? Some explanation would be appreciated.
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with/without + pronoun (me vs. my) + gerund-participial phrase

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (Page 461) has this section: (f) Subject of clausal complement of with/without Pronouns in this position normally appear in accusative case: [...
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Accusative and genitive constructions - interchangeability; usage of “of” in genitive

Would it be acceptable to replace the emphasized (genitive) construction in the following sentence "The photographer Terry Richardson, after being accused in one documentary of sexual assault of ...
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Possessive s of an indefinite noun

I hope I got the title right, let me describe my problem: I have a sentence like this: "The data supplied by a Myo's sensors [...]" (The Myo is an armband, which can record EMG data to put it simple) ...
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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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Possessive of “it” when used as a noun to name itself [closed]

When speaking of the word "it", "it" is a noun and can double as a pronoun for itself. For example, I can say something like the following: It's first letter is an i. Its second letter is a t. It'...
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“Of her brother's” or “of her brother”? [duplicate]

Is there a difference in whether brother is explicitly possessive in sentences like this? A friend of her brother's called A friend of her brother called Perhaps both are correct; do they ...
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Forbes' or Forbes's [duplicate]

Is it correct to say "Forbes' building was sold to NYU" or "Forbes's building was sold to NYU" ? Or perhaps both are correct?
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What is the correct way to possessivize (if that's a word) a compound noun? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Preferred way to apostrophise in case of dual or multiple ownership by distinct entities When forming the possessive of a compound noun, does one add "'s" to both or just one ...
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How to use “my” correctly in a plural possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “my wife and I's” correct, or should it be “my wife's and my”? Are the following sentences grammatically correct? If not, how should I ...
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possessive connecting word for inanimate object [duplicate]

Duplicate of: Is the word 'whose' referring to an inanimate object correct in this sentence? Usage of “whose” not referring to a person. Referring to some attribute of an inanimate ...
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How do I pronounce “s's” and “s'”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? Pronouncing possessive words that already end in s How do I pronounce possessives that end with the awkward "s's" and "...
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“the growth of he and his sister” in this sentence from the Guardian

Just read this line on the Guardian: He dismantles his bedroom and helps tidy the house, daubing white paint over the pencil marks on the doorframe which have measured the growth of he and his ...