Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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When a name finishes in “s” can you say Jaume Casals's biography? [duplicate]

Is this sentence correct? Here you can find Jaume Casals's biography. I think the final " 's " is unnecessary, but I am not 100% sure. Could anyone help? Thanks.
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How to form the possessive case of indefinite pronouns? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I use “everyone's”, “everyones'” or “everyones”? I was writing a sentence in Google Docs that contained the following ...
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What's the genitive of “someone else”?

This is Konrad. He has a dog. Hence, it's Konrad's dog. This is someone else. He has a cat. Hence it's someone else's cat. Hence it's someone's else cat. Hence it's someones else cat. Hence it's ...
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How to indicate possession when using abbreviation “Dr.”

I often run into a case where I need to say I have a doctor's appointment, but how would I properly punctuate it if I wanted to use the abbreviation Dr. instead of the word doctor? Dr.'s appointment ...
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Is it “the business'” or “the businesses” responsibility?

It's quite common in my company to make a distinction between "the business" and "the IT department". I think this is the correct way to write what I want: "It is the business' responsibility to set ...
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When did it become incorrect to use apostrophes with possessive pronouns?

I'm reading Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, and I notice that she invariably uses an apostrophe with possessive pronouns — in a way that would be considered incorrect now. For example: (Elinor is ...
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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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Should this noun used in a possessive sense be singular or plural?

Consider the following comment in a C++ source file: /* These members are documented with their associated property. */ Should the word property be singular or plural? Each member is associated with ...
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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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Questions about the subtleties of the genitive case

The AP style guide suggests that things like "Farmers Markets" or "Veterans Cemeteries" cannot "belong" to the members of the groups for which they were set up. I would posit that a thing for the use ...
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your/yours, her/hers etc [duplicate]

I am if sure if this sentence sounds correct or not, "you can tell Rachel that your and her hunch was right" For some reason my brain wants me to change the 'your' to 'yours'. Also should the 'hunch ...
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Yours vs. your's

Which is correct “Is that yours?” or “Is that your’s?”? I ask because it is possessive, so I would think it would be the latter, but I typically use and see the former usage. Are there particular ...
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When do we use “of” rather than “ 's” to show possession? [duplicate]

It is a very simple word but I am quite confused when I write formal documents. I do not know exactly when to use the of rather than 's. For example: The value of the mean or The mean's value. ...
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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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Saxon Genitive vs. Adjective Noun (Model Parameters vs. Model's Parameters)

The suggestions in this same forum say that the use of the phrase "the car's antenna" is correct. Questions: Nobody mentioned the use of "the car antenna" -- which to me would be much more natural, ...
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“both of” + possessive, which noun does “both of” refer to?

Both of the boy's parents were happy with the new school. Is it proper English to say "both of the boy's parents", as in the above sentence, to mean "both parents of the boy"? Or do we have to use ...
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How does one write the possesive form of stock ticker symbols ending in “s”?

How does one write the possessive form of stock ticker symbols ending in "s"? These are neither acronyms nor initialisms (/TLAs). For instance, does one write RAS' earnings, or RAS's earnings?
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How to Construct an Unambiguous Joint Possessive that Follows a Verb?

How to Construct an Unambiguous Joint Possessive that Follows a Verb? I've read that when writing about multiple possessors who jointly posses a thing, the common practice is to add a Saxon-genitive (...
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Attributive or Possessive noun [duplicate]

In the following is it better to use a possessive noun with an apostrophe or an attributive noun without an apostrophe? The following list details the assumptions that have been made in ...
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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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Job title + possessive case [duplicate]

Is the following construct (grammatically) correct? Swiss mathematician and physicist Leonhard Euler's contribution to number theory was [...] It sounds clumsy to me; however, this rewrite sounds ...
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“Near St. John's church” vs. “near the St. John's church” vs. “near the St. John church” [duplicate]

When it comes to churches and so on, which one is correct? Our hotel is near St. John's church. Our hotel is near the St. John's church. Our hotel is near the St. John church.
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Name, Conditions, and Pluralization of “Conscience' sake”

In some versions of the Bible, 1 Cor. 10:25 contains the phrase conscience' sake with no s following the possessive apostrophe of conscience, which does not end with s, as in: New American Standard ...
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Gerund preceded by a genitive?

Is this sentence actually grammatical? You know your having a rough day when kittens don't even make you smile. The writer of this sentence may intend to mean you're instead of your but I'm just ...
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How to denote possession with “Bureau of Statistics” [duplicate]

When denoting possession with Bureau of Statistics, does one use "Bureau's of Statistics" or "Bureau of Statistics'"? E.g. according to the Bureau's of Statistics Consumer Price Index ...
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Attribute of multiple entities

Which is the correct form of an attribute related to multiple entities? For example, which is the correct form of position? The position of the circle and of the square is wrong. The positions ...
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Does your name belong to you?

I'm having trouble deciding whether the word 'name' can be used possessively. Currently I'm thinking it's correct to say: Patients' names have been altered to provide anonymity However it just ...
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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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Using possessive when talking about two [duplicate]

What's the correct form of writing this possessive sentence: Helena and my birthdays are coming. Helena's and my birthdays are coming. My and Helena's birthdays are coming. Any links about the ...
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Is it correct to say “a friend of X and mine” if both X and I know each other and the friend?

As I understand it, if X and Y independently have the same friend Z, we should write Z is a friend of X's and Y's but if X and Y collectively have Z as a friend (e.g., X and Y are a couple), then ...
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“A similar hat to Jane” vs “A hat similar to Jane’s”

Of late I have noticed British people using the following sort of construct: John and Jane make such a cute couple because John always wears a similar hat to Jane. To my ear, that is ungrammatical,...
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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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Possession in Compound Nouns [duplicate]

In a compound noun with a postpositive adjective, such as "Director-General" or "Court Martial," the noun is pluralized by using the plural form of the first word (i.e. "Directors-General" or "Courts ...
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“during one of my girlfriend's games”

I was trying to say "During one of my girlfriend's soccer games..." The problem is when I spoke it, it could be interpreted as "Out of all of my girlfriends... during one of their games this ...
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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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Can “whose” refer to a first-person subject in the third person?

This question came from a friend. It is from a college entrance exam for non-native English speakers. Link the following sentences with "whose": I was a small kid. My classmates laughed at ...
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cat eye vs. cat's eye

I was reading another thread here and came across a technical term rheum that I didn't know. I went to wikipedia for more information and saw a picture there where the caption says Rheum in cat ...
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Do things use apostrophe for indicating possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car's antenna”? If someone owns something I would say: Mom's car. But if the owner is not a person, does it ...
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Which phrase is more natural to a native speaker? [closed]

"The underlying notions of the problem" or "The problem underlying notions"? Please consider the brevity principle too.
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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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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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What is the possessive form of “what”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'Which', 'whose' or something else? First of all, I'm not a native speaker so I can't rely on my intuition in this specific case. For a very long time I was ...
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Other ways of saying whichs [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 'Which', 'whose' or something else? Of course there isn't a word whichs (as far as I know), but I am talking about the possessive form of which. Sometimes I ...
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Can 'whose' be used for objects? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is the word 'whose' referring to an inanimate object correct in this sentence? Is there a more appropriate word? Basically I'm wondering if a sentence like this is ...
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Can we say “the problem's”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car’s antenna”? Can we add apostrophe S, 's, to a word for an inanimate object as in the phrase the problem's underlying ...
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What is the correct possessive genitive for “media”?

I hope I've used the right terms in the title; I'm not a native speaker. The singular of media is of course medium. So when talking about one medium's content, the genitive s and apostrophe are easy ...
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Plurals and possessives of quoted words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Marking plural of code words Pluralizing Keywords in Programming Languages After asking a number of questions on StackOverflow, I keep running into some of the same phrasing ...
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About adjective possessive pronouns [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? In the sentence ‘Everyone should make everyone’s part’, what adjective possessive ...
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What's the difference between “a picture of the king” and “a picture of the king's”? [closed]

A picture of the king. A picture of the king's. What exactly is the difference between the two?
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What’s the pronunciation of “ s’ ”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the pronunciation of the possessive words that already end in s? “The Weasley twins’ friend, Lee Jordan, was doing the commentary for the match.” Do native ...