Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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Possessive Plural Form of District Attorney [closed]

What is the possessive plural form of district attorney?
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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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Articles with possessives [migrated]

"An hour's work" and "a two weeks' holiday". In "an hour's work" does the indefinite article belong to the noun "work"? As far as I know, "work" is an ...
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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Does “Parks Trust” need an apostrophe? [duplicate]

My home town has a charity which maintains our parks - called the “Parks Trust”. I recently got involved in a Facebook debate as I’ve always maintained that it should be “Parks’ Trust”. My main ...
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Possessive apostrophe-s on three nouns in a row

I just read Two possessive nouns in a row, but am still trying to wrap my head around possessive apostrophe-s in English, specifically, I am trying to say something along the following lines: "...
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Which is correct - you or your in this context? [closed]

Your staring won’t make me walk faster or You staring won’t make me walk faster Which is correct, you or your?
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Why we need two forms of preferred personal pronouns? [duplicate]

Regarding the fact that this is still somehow a hot topiс in English language-speaking communities I need to stress out that is a serious and respectful question without even a trace of intention to ...
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Possessive apostrophe regarding the term 'Logistics'

Just wanted to ask if the word 'logistics' would have a possessive apostrophe in the following sentence. Halal logistics services are needed to guarantee halal products and maintain halal product ...
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What is the correct grammar for "a days-long wait"

Surely there's a better way; something instantaneous that doesn't involve a days-long wait? Is the grammar above correct? Particularly, should 'days-long' be hyphenated, and should it contain a ...
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Can adjectives be used like this? (genitive)

It's easier to explain myself with examples like: The dead's last wish was... The long-lost's children were found (if long-lost refers to, for example, their long-lost ancestors, or basically anybody ...
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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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Genitive of Sunrise: Sunrise' or Sunrise's [duplicate]

I just don't like 'Sunrise's' very much. I want to write "Sunrise' breaking light over the plains" but I'm not sure if it should really be "Sunrise's breaking light over the plains.&...
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Possessive for Name Ending in Apostrophe [duplicate]

One of my colleagues has a name that ends in an apostrophe, namely Faee'. Recently when sending an email I realized I wasn't sure how to refer to something that belongs to them using the typical "...
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Using possessive pronouns for an academic degree (e.g. my masters degree) [closed]

One of my pet peeves...people using the possessive pronoun to refer to a graduate degree. For instance, people saying I'm going to get "my doctorate" or writing "while working on my ...
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Stylistic Advice regarding the two types of possessives before a gerund

I know that, in terms of formal grammar, either a possessive pronoun or genitive form should precede a gerund. So, for example, 'his being', etc. I am, however, far more comfortable with the former ...
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gerund with compound clause for subject

Consider four sentences: The reason I am late is bad weather. The reason I am late is the weather being bad. The reason I am late is the weather's being bad. The reason I am late is a very adverse ...
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What's the possesive case of "Mars"? [duplicate]

I've known that the possessive case of the proper noun ending in "-s" such as "James" is formed by adding just "an apostrophe" or "an apostrophe and -s". Is it ...
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Lack of possessive marker when taken from a group [duplicate]

I'm confused by this sentence: One of my best friends band is playing tonight. What is it that happens here, is the possessive marker completely dropped? From what I understand: I can't add an 's ...
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Name of 'rule for sequential possessive'

I've been unable to successfully search for or determine the name of this scenario that involves multiple possessive words in sequence. We purchased some flowers for the mother of our friend, Jane. I ...
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How to punctuate a phrase that has words between the possessor and possession?

Example: the security policy for Acme Group owned and operated computers... Obviously I could just reword it as "the security policy for computers owned and operated by Acme Group...," but ...
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Is "of" obligatory when writing "In August of this year"?

I saw there was already some discussion on here about "in this year" vs. "this year." I have a similar question, but this time regarding the use of the word "of," and the ...
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Pronunciation of the possessive form of singular nouns ending in “s”

First, let me point out that this is a non-native English learner asking this question. I know similar questions have been asked here (some of them found on this page), but (at least of those I saw) ...
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possessive case with plural

How can I use the possessive case with many objects " s' "? 2Jane and 2Mary 2room; it is right? : girls’ books Jane and Maries’ rooms the children’s toys the workmen’s tools Peter and Helens’...
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'Literary' usage when possessive pronoun begins sentence

I am unsure the correct wording of this question. Could anyone point me to usage notes or guidance on a construction such as this: 'Theirs was a position known to few.' Or, 'His was a car without ...
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I need either a confirmation or a refutation regarding the following theory of mine about the pattern"“noun phrase + of + possessive pronoun”

I've been thinking a lot about this matter, and this is what I came up with as a rather complicated yet seemingly airtight rule regarding when not to use the aforementioned pattern. It goes like this: ...
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Use of a possessive determiner or "the"

I want to know if, in the sentence below, being the last two collections of mine, it is mandatory to use the possessive determiner MY_other one… Or can I use the determiner THE_other one…? I will sell ...
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Is there a technical term for the situation where a possessive noun compounded with another noun form the name of a very specific object?

I'm not a linguist so please excuse this clumsily worded question: Is there a technical term for the situation where a possessive noun compounded with another noun form the name of a very specific ...
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Correct way to use multiple possessive apostrophes in sentences? [closed]

I find multiple possessive apostrophes confusing, and so I'm having trouble deciding which of the sentences below would be correct. Example: The bicycle's frame colour is red. The bicycle frame's ...
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"It is two teachers' birthday today" or "It is two teachers' birthdays today"?

Apparently I've been involved in a debate in the Duolingo forums for about a year on whether when two possessors in a possessive construction possess the same shared/common object, whether the object ...
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Correct possessive: "my genius" or "my ingeniosity"?

I have stumbled across the usage of "genius" as a possessive on two seperate occassions: A meme featuring Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear saying: Sometimes my genius is... it's almost ...
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Are possessives determiners(his, my, her...) preferred to the definite article ('the')

I have a question regarding the usage of possessives in substitution of “the”: Are possessives preferred to the definite article 'the' in some occasions and why? For example, I found the relationship ...
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When you say "his revenge", can "his" refer to the person on whose behalf said revenge is being taken?

Context : Male fictional character is killed. Female fictional character wants to seek revenge. I've heard someone refer to said revenge as "his revenge", but to me that seems wrong and it's ...
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How to write compound possessives with "or"

When a compound possessive is formed with "and," I think the rule is that both terms become possessive when there are multiple separate objects that are owned, as in "John's and Dave's ...
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Author(s) last name(s) (to use possesive or not)

I am translating a text and the result is the following: author's last name(s) and authors' last name(s) how do I state that both a single author's last name(s) and that multiple authors' last name(s) ...
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How to use apostrophe properly in this sentence? [duplicate]

There's a person named Khushwant Singh in a story. He and his grandmother are friends. There's a question asked in my book: What is the 'turning point' in the story? And my answer begins something ...
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Quoted Possessives Ending in "s"

"The Best Punctuation Book, Period," by June Casagrande, says that, when forming the possessive of text in quotation marks, we do this: “Casablanca” ’s best scene I love it! The ending ...
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"One of my friends" vs "a friend of mine"

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, page 717, reads [16] quantified NP has scope over frequency adjunct One of my friends has been sacked two or three times in the last few months When ...

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