Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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Abbreviating company names that are possessive

If I start a sentence with a company name that is possessive, should I use the apostrophe in the abbreviation after it? The sentence reads, "DSK Lineal's (DSK or DSK's??) online geospatial..."
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How do you write “other users passwords”? [closed]

Should I write "You are not authorised to change other users passwords" or "You are not authorised to change other user's password"? Which is correct?
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Why do we write “Fourier's law” but “Soret effect”?

Can you explain why do we write e.g. Fourier's law, Ohm's law, Newton's law of cooling, etc. but Soret effect, Dufour effect instead of Soret's effect, Dufour's effect? What is the principle?
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Should the noun 'dressing' be plural after a list of adjectives?

When offering multiple salad dressing choices, should it be "ranch and Italian dressing" or "ranch and Italian dressings"?
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What possessive pronouns do have an apostrophe?

I was explaining it's vs. its to someone the other day, and I said "None of the pronouns (his, hers, theirs, yours, its, whose, ...) has an apostrophe." Later I got to wondering whether that was ...
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“My Mum's” instead of “My Mum's place”: short form only used for places/homes?

In expressions such as We went to John's house. The party was at my Mum's place. it seems to be quite common to leave out "house" and "place", leading to We went to John's. The party ...
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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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Showing possession when the noun is defined by a word in parentheses

Document Title: Plaintiff's Interrogatories to Defendant There are multiple plaintiffs. We typically define the plaintiff as, "Plaintiffs (Smith) want to object...etc." and this particular plaintiff ...
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Possession with the noun “need” [closed]

I am writing a open paper (formal writing) but I don't know what is the correct usage of grammar for the phase: The journal's needs for “impact” and to follow hot topics... or The needs 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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Does the apostrophe in names of diseases drop when the disease name is part of a foundation name?

Many diseases are named after the doctor who identified the diseases and therefore have names like Hodgkin's Disease or Parkinson's Disease. But when a fund or foundation is created to raise money ...
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Possessive apostrophe for song title ending in a exclamation and in quotes

I'm subbing a piece a of writing that contains the following sentence. ‘Press Heavenwards!’ exclamation mark gives away a Godspeed influence. 'Press Heavenwards!' is a song title that includes an ...
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User’s Guide vs Users’ Guide

I’ve been looking over what has been posted regarding the use of ’s. I used to be a Technical Writer (years ago). The title of one of our training documents was Users’ Guide. Once, a coworker said ...
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Jenkins' vs Jenkins's vs Jenkins'es [duplicate]

While my question applies to Jenkins (software) which was named after Jenkins named meant to evoke a feel of English butler, there is a historical precent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_Jenkins'...
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Adjacent words with apostrophes to show possession [closed]

Is it correct to end adjacent words in 's to show possession? For example "My neighbour's dog's ball is always in my yard", or should it be "My neighbour dogs ball is always in my yard" or "...
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Using “our” in this situation

I asked my gf if her family was okay due to a natural disaster in her hometown. She replied to me, "our family are okay." To me, I can't help smiling. I feel like she counts me in. In fact, I know ...
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I'm looking for the possessive of 'boss' [duplicate]

What is the possessive of boss; ie, how do you describe the son of the boss?
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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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Apostrophe before or after s? [closed]

In the sentence: The author was greatly in love with Annabel Lee and described their love for each other as greater than anyone elses’. Does the apostrophe go before or after the s in else? I'm ...
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Are there other grammatical ways to say, “I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck's”? [duplicate]

I would like to ask why the following sentence is only possible according to grammatical rules: I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck's What's wrong with "I'm reading a novel of Steinbeck" or "I'm ...
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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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“Britain’s recovery outstrips the world”

The title of one of the leading articles in today's (London's) Times is: Britain’s recovery outstrips the world Shouldn't it be Britain's recovery outstrips the world's?
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“Members’ gallery” vs. “members gallery” [duplicate]

What would I use when setting up a gallery for many members to submit to? I am thinking, Members’ Gallery, as it is a gallery belonging to all the members, but I frequently see the use of just ...
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Question about the Possessive with Multiple Parties

Suppose I want to refer to the widget owned by me and Susan. Then do I say "you are welcome to use Susan's and my widget"? (Sounds awkward.) Or "you are welcome to use the widget owned by Susan and ...
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Is [Its'] a word? (Note the apostrophe at the end.)

I just had a strange flashback to a conversation I had when I was in high school, with a man who was regarded by many members of a particular online community as having an impressive degree of ...
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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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Possessive of “day” for “day's leave” [duplicate]

I need to request leave for one day and for more than one day. What's the correct way of using the word day? Which is correct for a single day of leave? 1 day's leave 1 day leave What ...
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Are there any rules for genitive case not indicating possesion? [duplicate]

My teacher, a native English speaker, was quite puzzled when I asked this and could not answer this question. Why there is: child seat but children's love //why these are different ...
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Should an apostrophe be used with a z at the end of a word? [duplicate]

I know that if a word ends with an s then it should be made plural or possessive by use of an apostrophe with no extra s (e.g. "Thomas Harris' book was a riveting read." as opposed to "Gary Barlow's ...
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What is the possessive of “you guys”?

Most people seem to stumble over this. The problem can arise with any multi-word phrase that needs a possessive but ends in S, and so sounds awkward using the clitic apostrophe-S. I've heard this ...
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'The company I work for' cannot be shortened to 'My company'? [duplicate]

My English teacher said that it's not correct to say 'my company' for indicating the company I work for, because 'my company' means the company I own. But I don't think this kind of confusion happens ...
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Apostrophe with Singular Proper Noun made up on Plural Word [duplicate]

I'm normally pretty confident with my punctuation, but this one has been stumping me, and it's probably because I don't know the proper phrasing for what I'm trying to ask: How to we add a possessive ...
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Double apostrophe-s? [duplicate]

I want to say parking of McDonald's, i.e. using an apostrophe S. Would I say McDonald's's parking?
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Which (if any) pedantically, grammatically, correct uses of the apostrophe will lead to a valid “NOUNs’s” construction?

The “<NOUN>s’s” construction comes up quite often in signs, at least in my neighbourhood. I haven’t seen a legal use of the arrangement, though — and I wonder, is it at all possible? If it ...
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Is “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” correct English?

Shakespeare’s play is called A Midsummer Night’s Dream. So is A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream correct English? If not, what would be the correct English?
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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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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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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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Informal language: “you guy’s” vs. “your guy’s” [duplicate]

You guys and Your guys are somewhat informal in English language. Typical example usages: Do you guys want to come around to watch movies tomorrow night? Is addressing a party of more than one, ...
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“my”, “of me”, “of mine” - when to use these possessive constructions

I have been encountering possessive constructions with the preposition "of" and a possessive form of pronoun frequently, but I do not fully understand what it means and when to use it. In particular, "...
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Possessive of crowds

The subheading of this news story says, "Threatened showers don't mute crwods' enthusiasm" [sic]. Separate from the misspelling of crowds, is it appropriate for the apostrophe to go before or after ...
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How do I express the possession of multiple objects by one proper noun and one pronoun?

As far as I can tell, my question is not a duplicate of either of these two similar questions. It is very close (maybe a duplicate, but I don't quite think so) of this question. I want to construct ...
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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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Apostrophe position for plural possessive [closed]

Which of these two are correct? Ada and Julia are girl's names. or Ada and Julia are girls' names.
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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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“Your company name” or “Your company's name”?

Which way is correct here? Some explanation would be appreciated.
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Apostrophes and s’s [duplicate]

I always forget the rule about if something is possessive put 's at the end, for example "the sailor's hat". I know some people say to remember because it has a different meaning if it's plural (e.g. "...
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What's the proper way to refer to the form of a word that's improperly punctuated?

Example sentence: The Adventure's of Huckleberry Finn My dilemma: I would like to convey to the writer of the example sentence that the word Adventure's, in its current _____ form, is ...
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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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“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"?