Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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“My” twice in a sentence

To settle a disagreement, is the following sentence grammatically correct? It's slowing my paying my debts off.
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How to pronounce “users' email”? [closed]

Minutes ago, I was reading an article "Yahoo, Google and Apple also claim rights to read user emails". As usual I was reading it out loud, and I was stuck at "Following the revelation that Microsoft ...
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When can you omit the possessive on an honorific?

I was considering honorifics and I realized that sometimes we include and sometimes we omit a possessive in front of them. I was wondering if there was a formal rule for such? For example: Your ...
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Is the idiom, “one person's word against another” or “another's”?

A common idiom is: This is just one person's word against another. Is the correct form another or another's? I assumed the extended forms would be: This is just one person's word against ...
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“Saying/doing it from your heart” vs. “Saying/doing it from heart”

What is the difference between the following two? They didn't play the game from their heart. They didn't play the game from heart. Or You didn't say that from your heart You didn't ...
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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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Your Site Visitors or Your Site’s Visitors?

Your site/site’s visitors are very active. How is correct to write: your site visitors or your site’s visitors?
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Reverse relationship of Belong?

Consider the phrase: "That shovel belongs to Tim." which when you reverse the subject becomes: "Tim owns that shovel" However there is another use of belong, which means membership of. "Susan ...
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Plural possessives of words not ending in s

So I know the difference between "the dog's owner" and "the dogs' owner," but I'm wondering how to write the possessive for a word like maxima. Is it as easy as "the maxima's positions" or is there ...
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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.
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I get so confused in possessive pronouns [duplicate]

Can you please correct these sentences. 1.Can I click a picture of yours. 2.Do you know the email address of John's? 3.I think of both of yours betterment. 4.You are a friend of John's.
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Should “each” be followed by a singular or plural possessive? [duplicate]

If a possessive noun, which is plural, is preceded by "each", then should it use the singular or plural possessive form? For example, which of the following is correct? spend time in each other's ...
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What part of speech are articles before possessive adjectives?

Today I was diagramming a sentence when I noticed something that confused me. I had a sentence that was basically like this: A parent's greatest concern is rearing his children correctly. "Concern"...
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Did “Mrs” originally imply possession?

Was Mrs ever intended to mean Mr's, as in mister's to indicate possession? I started thinking about this when someone brought a breakdown of the word history (his-story) to my attention. It ...
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What does “day's” mean?

I understand what the sentence The house is a full day’s journey from here means, but I’m wondering what day’s is short for in this expression. It doesn’t match any pattern I know. A couple of ...
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“At someone's place” vs. “at someone's house” vs. “at someone's”

Do the three phrases convey the same meaning when we're referring to the place where one lives?
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ACME technology or ACME's technology

EDIT 2: The nuance difference may be subtle, maybe even subliminal to most people, but still important to me. I don't think there's one right answer to this question (but maybe there is), as any ...
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wooden, golden, oaken - Genitive?

A few nouns can be transformed into an adjective meaning "made of that noun (also: being like that noun)" by adding -en. golden, wooden, oaken, stonen Are those remnants of an old noun inflection ...
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[pronoun]'ve for possessives [duplicate]

My sister just wrote me, "I've a meeting a noon." The contraction "I've" stuck out. I've always thought the contraction was limited to the perfect tense, and do not recognize it as an indicator of ...
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Newton Law vs Newton’s Law [duplicate]

Do I need an apostrophe-s in reference to major concepts? For example, I see both versions as in: Planck’s constant Planck constant Are both forms considered correct?
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“The childrens' blankets” or “The children's blankets” [closed]

I know that when we're talking about something that is possessed collectively by all children it is "children's". What about a scenario where one of the possessed nouns belongs to each individual ...
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Green's functions or Green functions [closed]

In the sciences there exists mathematical functions that are named after the British mathematician George Green. People refer to them in various ways such as: Green's function, Green's functions, ...
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Is this usage correct: “my [verb]” [duplicate]

I have been thinking of this sentence: All these factors culminated in my choosing [some life decision]. Is the usage of my choosing correct?
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Possessives ( 's ) [duplicate]

I need to know which of these sentences is right ? My room light doesn't work. or My room's light doesn't work.
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“Friend of my father” vs “friend of my father's” [duplicate]

What is the difference between this two sentences - 1. An friend of my father 2. A friend of my father's
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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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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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St. Matthew's vs. St. Matthew

What is the proper spelling: St Matthew's or St. Matthew when not followed by the word "Church". * "There will undoubtedly be tradeoffs that I will have to make if I stay with St. Matthew’s." *...
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What is the proper way for indicating lives being saved? [closed]

Would an apostrophe for possession be appropriate? For instance would the following be proper use: "which directly contributed to less suffering and lives’ saved" Thanks
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How is “I'm sick of something” grammatically correct?

How is "I'm sick of something" grammatically correct? The "of" operator seems to denote ownership. The capital of america is DC. So how does "sick of" or something similar work?
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Possessive pronouns in research papers [closed]

Contrast: In order to develop a relationship between the energy spectra and their corresponding Fourier transforms... with In order to develop a relationship between the energy spectra and the ...
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Saxon genitive and “et al.”

I am writing a scientific paper. In this context, it is usual to cite other works with the last name of the first author followed by "et al." when there are many. If I want to use a possessive form, ...
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Use of the apostrophe in a genitive

is the use of the apostrophe in the following sentence correct: ... The data users' wish to visualize comes in many formats, all of which cannot obviously be directly supported. ... I am convinced it ...
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Is plural-possessive needed before “organization” [duplicate]

I'm not sure which one is correct: "The Physical Therapist Organization" or "The Physical Therapists' Organization". I'm leaning more towards without the plural-possessive but will I be grammatically ...
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The significance of “y”

Regarding the pronoun "your", ignoring the singular possessive form. Is there some significance to the "prefix" y or is this a coincidence? Our: Collective possession, including me. Y our: ...
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Use of possessive adjectives in English

When an Englishman wants to refer to parts of the body or to objects of personal use, he will use a possessive adjective. Examples: My head aches. I dropped my glasses. In the Romance ...
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Which is correct “women's clothing” or “womens clothing”? [duplicate]

When I typed the search into Google most of the responses were websites selling clothing and the ratio of womens versus women's was about 1:1. Searching for mens versus men's and the version with ...
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Confusion with possessives

We have a choir in the town of Ako called Ako International Students Choir. The choir is directed in English and is indeed international, but by no means limited to International Students. I am ...
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What happens when baker's, butcher's, etc. are in the plural?

If the singular it is: The baker's and the butcher's are closed on Sundays. Which one is the plural? Bakers and butchers are closed on Sundays. Bakers' and butchers' are closed on ...
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I'm trying to show ownership to a plural noun in parentheses

I'm drafting a lease document and have to state the following provision. The Lessee(s) holds the Lessor and the United States harmless from any loss, liability or damages resulting from the Lessee(...
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Possessive s, apostrophe on end or not?

I am writing a project for college about smart phones. Which would you say is correct in a possessive context? Windows Phone's applications or Windows Phone' applications My thoughts say the ...
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Ellipsis in noun phrases with possessive case [closed]

Can you omit the second occurrence of the word "poems" in a sentence like the following? I like Lord Byron's poems, and also enjoy a number of Percy Shelley's [poems].
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“Me and Joey's” or “mine and Joey's” [duplicate]

Which of the following should I use? Today is me and Joey's anniversary Today is mine and Joey's anniversary
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“Today's assumption” or “todays assumption” — which is valid grammar?

We (non native English-speakers) are writing a paper and are wondering if the following construct is valid English: Yesterday's assumption is no longer valid. Specifically the apostrophe after ...
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“My friend's, Tom's, object” vs. “My friend, Tom's, object”

How does one combine possession and appositive comma usage in one sentence?
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Use of “my” and “your” when referring user's data [closed]

When displaying menu options to a user on a website. When should I label links as My Profile or Your Profile I have several other links such as <My/Your> Likes and <My/Your> Files,...
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Explanation on when the possessive should be used instead of an attributive noun

How would you explain to a person who is learning English, and whose native language does not have attributive nouns, when the possessive should be used instead of an attributive noun? In particular, ...
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“Shooting themselves in the foot/feet”: Which is preferred?

To “shoot oneself in the foot” is to do something harmful to oneself by accident. How should this phrase be worded to apply to several people? This is provided to stop people from shooting ...
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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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“When I was in third year at the University”.: Is “my” necessary here like “in my third year”"

Is "my" really necessary in this sentence : " When I was (in third year,in MY third year) at the university" .If it is then why do we need to use 'my'?