Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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'Team's interaction' or 'team interaction'?

I'm not sure which one is correct here: It has influenced our (team/team's) interaction and coordination skills. Is it team's since the interaction is possessive? Or team?
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Benfica badge or Benfica's badge [duplicate]

Should I say: I kissed Benfica badge or I kissed Benfica's badge. How are football teams' names used as adjectives?
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Appositives with possessiveness?

I would like to say something like The boy, Adam's, favorite toy was a bike. What is the proper way to say this?
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What is correct? "My cat's, Tiger's, food is on sale." "My cat's, Tiger, food is on sale." [duplicate]

What is correct? My cat's, Tiger's, food is on sale. My cat, Tiger's, food is on sale. My cat's, Tiger, food is on sale.
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"One of your chip's performance" or "One of your chips' performance"

What I mean to say is that you have several microchips, and I'm offering to boost the performance of one of them. In that case, is it correct to say ...? You can improve... one of your chip's ...
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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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Using two possessive s in a single word?

A typical church name would use a possessive s, as in St. Peter's Anglican Church. It is common to shorten the name to just St. Peter's. If they are hosting a concert, you could say "St. Peter's is ...
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Apostrophe 's, "of", or nothing to show possession/ownership?

Let's go straight forward, the subject is NOT using 's or of, but why sometime we should show possession/ownership using 's or of, why sometime not ? Examples: The family name = the name of the ...
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Possession 's form and articles

I am starting my question with the Wikipedia page on Young's modulus and its usage of the possessive 's form on the proper name Young. According to me, the text starts well with the definition of ...
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possessive referring to behavior of multiple actors

In "Alice and Bob's contrary behavior served to" vs "Alice's and Bob's contrary behavior served to" Usually the choice between the two forms hinges on whether the two actors ...
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when to use plural or singular form of genitive/possessive noun phrases for item of individuals in group

Phrases like "our passport[s]" that refer to an item owned by members of a group (where each individual has one and the group collectively has multiple) are sometimes expressed in plural or singular ...
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When multiple nouns possess the same thing, one 's [duplicate]

Which is better, "... students', staff's and faculty's priorities," or "students, staff and faculty's priorities"?
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Multiple consecutive possession

What is the correct way of writing 's in multiple consecutive possession? Bob's dog. Bob's dog's toy. Bob's dog's toy's ears. Is this correct?
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Can a place name modify something else?

I have looked up the proper way to punctuate place names (for example San Francisco, California) and am wondering if they can be used to modify something else. Here is what I have so far: The “Spicy ...
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Possessive apostrophe in this case (company listing designs in a particular range)

If a company called Peter Jones (made up name!) has a range called Peter's Pals on their site and then wants to list the designs like this: Peter's Pals Designs Is this correct? Should it be Peter's ...
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Possessive of company name already ending in 's [duplicate]

If one were speaking of, say, something belonging to the company named Denny's, would the correct punctuation be Denny's'? Thanks!
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Possessive construction using 's and "of" [duplicate]

What is the difference between possessives using an apostrophe, like "God's name" and using "of," like "name of God"? Other languages consistently use the "of" ...
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Why is it “Paris’s cafés” but “Massachusetts’ capital”?

I’ve been studying the apostrophe and found this in Merriam-Webster’s Guide to Punctuation and Style: The possessives of proper names are generally formed in the same way as those of common nouns. ...
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Why do we use the possessive in "doctor's appointment"? [closed]

Doctors seem to be unique among professions in that we use the possessive when referring to their appointments. "Doctor's appointment" is many times more common than "doctor appointment&...
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Do you compare your memories with others or others'?

You (plural) have different memories. Suppose you are all students in my class. Now I want to ask you to compare your memories by talking to students in another class and hearing about their memories. ...
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Predicate genitive [closed]

Can anyone give me a syntactical description for this of-construction, does it imply possessiveness or the characteristic of something? The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all ...
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Which is MORE correct; Bob and Joe`s or Bob`s and Joe`s? [duplicate]

It says it all in the title. Common is Bob and Joe's. But is it grammatically correct?
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How to determine the literal meaning of the phrase 'instead of' in two related but independent conditional statements

Consider the following statements from an airline's terms and conditions: If a flight is cancelled, you are entitled to a refund If a flight is cancelled for external factors, you are entitled to a ...
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What's correct: "I saw him eating" or "I saw his eating"? [duplicate]

I was always taught that if you can replace a participle with a pronoun, then you should use the possessive case. So instead of "I saw him eating", because I can substitute "it" ...
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Possessive and plural of "Series"

I'm looking at the financial definition of series: a group of stocks or options that have common characteristics. Source How would I form the possessive and plural of this term? I'm guessing it is ...
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Discovering their self and discovering themselves

In adolescence, teenagers discover their self. (as in the “self” with a possessive their) OR In adolescence, teenagers discover themselves (reflexive pronoun). I think both are potentially acceptable. ...
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Possessive apostrophe with a parenthetical [closed]

All Realtor(s), dog(s), and cat(s) transactions are forbidden by this agreement. Where do I place possessive apostrophe(s) in the foregoing sentence?
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What is the possessive form of a singular noun ending with a plural s?

I would tend to treat a company name as singular and would therefore write the possessive form with 's. Now, my company refers to its international operations by placing the country name behind the ...
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Do any style guides recommend an apostrophe at the end for double possessors? (John and Jacks' house)

I am aware that the universally accepted style is to put an apostrophe-s at the end of the second possessor's name. Example: Amy and Steve's car My question is not whether that is the common rule; ...
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Possessive for a third person and a first person

Bob and I are working on a project. I want to refer to "Bob's work" and "my work" collectively, without referring to Bob and myself collectively. (This will be the first reference to Bob and myself in ...
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"every" + possessive + noun

I naively asked a question about the use of "every" with possessives on the ELL thinking there will be a very simple answer. I was pretty sure that saying either Every your thought is ...
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Is the possessive of "one" spelled "ones" or "one's"?

I've been confused about this as long as I can remember. Should it be: One should do ones duty. or One should do one's duty. I'm guessing it should be the latter. But that doesn't sit well ...
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Both their three cars

Both indicates that the action or state denoted by the verb applies individually to each of two entities. Both books weigh more than five pounds means that each weighs more than five by itself, not ...
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Function of genitive

What is the function of the genitive case in the sentence below? More precisely, what type of relationship between the two nouns does it imply? The man’s tale was interesting.
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Possessive-S/apostrophe in a list, including the first and second person

When adding possessive-S/apostrophe to a list, the rule is only the last person has the apostrophe if the item is shared, or everyone has one if they have the items each, e.g. John and Mary's houses =...
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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 sentences The ...
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Why is there a distinction between "its" and "it's"?

While I know technically the English language has a distinction because when there's a conflict between the possessive form and a contraction, the contraction wins. That is: Its is the possessive ...
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its vs. their in the following example

I am not sure whether the possessive pronoun can refer to the plural noun or only to the singular noun in the following example: Clarity on the non-identity between the underlying algorithms and ...
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Bare genitives: written vs spoken forms

Page 1595 of the CambridgeGEL reads In writing the bare genetive has the form of an apostrophe at the end of the word: dogs’. In speech it has no realisation at all [...]; an optional bare genitive ...
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Plural noun or singular noun + possessive [duplicate]

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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Possessive apostrophes with names in speech marks [duplicate]

I'm translating a text that refers to a person who goes by a nickname, so in the text this nickname is always shown in speech marks - "El Cuco". How do I use a possessive apostrophe ...
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Can "his/her" be replaced by "his"? [closed]

Yesterday, I asked this question on Web Apps: If a Facebook user dies, what happens to the account? Actually, I wanted to ask it this way: If a Facebook user dies, what happens to his/her ...
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How do you punctuate what FFS expands to?

I was just having a discussion with a friend, and we were wondering about appropriate grammar usage when one says For fucks sake. In my opinion, there are three candidates: for fucks sake for fuck’s ...
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Genitive without ('s) or (of) [duplicate]

Can I use "Teachers portal" instead of "teachers' portal"? Which of them is more accurate?
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Using apostrophe when abbreviating "recommendations" as "reco's"

When abbreviating the word "recommendations" as "reco's", is it proper to use the apostrophe to show that it's an abbreviation, or does it conflict with a possessive apostrophe?
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Should I put an appositive comma around a possessive appositive

In the process of editing a translation, I came across this sentence: "[That night] was also the opening curtain to the Sheng Yuan Emperor, Li Yi’s unification of the world." (To clarify ...
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World Oceans Day — why is it plural?

Today is the World Oceans Day. Why is ‘World Ocean’ in it plural? There is only one World Ocean. Or did they just omit the apostrophe before the -s?
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Why "thine heart" but "thy whole heart"?

I have somehow picked up the use of the two different forms "thy/thine" from the KJV Bible, and I thought I knew the rule. Use thy before consonants and thine before vowels or before words ...
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Possessive apostrophe in phrasal descriptor [duplicate]

If I want to describe a person/group and then refer to something of theirs. Would these be permissible? The guy in charge's hat It is the people of France's doing It is everyone else's fault The ...
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where to put the possessive "s" with an appositive parenthetical [duplicate]

Say I have a gym instructor called Anne and it's her birthday. I want to convey that to someone who doesn't know who Anne is in one sentence. In speech, I would probably say, "it is Anne, my gym ...

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