Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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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 ...
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Why is an apostrophe used in the genitive “-’s”?

The English possessive isn’t a contraction, but rather a relic of the grammatical case system, so why is an apostrophe used in (most) forms of the possessive?
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How did an apostrophe plus the letter “s” come to indicate possession? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Origins of possessive pronouns How did English come to use "apostrophe s" to indicate possession, when it seems to me that few (if any!) other languages do (or do something ...
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What is the proper plural of “a series”? [closed]

In math, we use the term series a lot, and there are many types of series. How should I craft my sentence when I have three different ones in mind to talk about? Should I settle down for a less ...
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Chained possessive words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “My wife and I’s seafood collaboration dinner” I’m sure there are better ways to write the following sentence, but I was curious to know if this sentence is grammatically ...
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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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What is the correct usage for I'm a girl in my early twenties?

Which is grammatically correct? I am a girl in my early twenties. or I am a girl in her early twenties.
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“The dog's tail” vs. “the tail of the dog” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car’s antenna”? When talking about animal body parts, which of the following is the right one (or could both be possible with ...
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What is the correct spelling of “buyer* remorse”?

Apostrophical query: a) Buyers Remorse b) Buyer Remorse c) Buyer's Remorse d) Buyers' Remorse My guess is b or c, as it seems like any example is talking about the remorse of one specific buyer, but ...
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How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my” [closed]

Is there a way to indicate that somebody is your girlfriend without using the possessive term my? I think saying She/He is my partner/other half is OK for married people, but it doesn't feel right for ...
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Can I say “Bran's bachelor's”? [closed]

My friend is Bran. He had a bachelor party. Can I title a photo album Bran’s bachelor’s?
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What’s the correct plural possessive of “kids”?

I know that children’s books is correct, but for some reason I want to say kids books, even though I know that it’s a plural possessive noun ending in an s. A quick search on the web turns up Barnes ...
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Bayes' Theorem or Bayes's Theorem? (Similarly, Charles' Law or Charles's Law?) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When did it become correct to add an ‘s’ to a singular possessive already ending in ‘s’? Which singular names ending in “s” form possessives with only a bare apostrophe? ...
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Use of apostrophe in days?

Is it: As Lilly lay down tucked up in her bed, all the days events span round in her head. or As Lilly lay down tucked up in her bed, all the day’s events span round in her head.
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Plural Possessive of a Singular Noun

While browsing this SE site, I stopped to look at the "What kind of questions can I ask here?" section of the FAQ, where the following is written: Questions on the following topics are welcomed ...
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“Writer's writer” — who can say it?

When someone says: This author is a writer's writer. I understand that as meaning the author is accomplished and generally excellent. It's a bit fuzzy in my mind how it can mean this, but I can ...
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more usage of their and they with any way [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? I want to learn more usage of 'their' which is an possessive and in any way of 'they'. ...
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When an item belongs to Bob, is it Bob's item or Bobs item [closed]

Should I use: That is Bob's phone He is Bob's student Bob's car is red or: That is Bobs phone He is Bobs student Bob's car is red
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What is the pronunciation of the possessive words that already end in s? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When did it become correct to add an ‘s’ to a singular possessive already ending in ‘s’? Which singular names ending in “s” form possessives with only a bare apostrophe? My ...
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Plural possessive of category? [closed]

Example Sentence: The children of the category. What does category become in this format: The categor(ies|ies'|y's) children?
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Is “I am at the doctor's” a correct usage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Store names & possessive Is the following sentence a correct usage to tell someone that I'm in the clinic to see the doctor right now I'm at the doctor's
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Explaining the apostrophe in this quotation [closed]

Stumbled upon The Case For Mitt Romney: So far, under Obama, private sector job growth has vastly outpaced the public sector. And the big public unions, like the teachers', have been directly ...
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Possessive Form of a Proper Noun Ending in a Plural Noun Ending in “s”? [duplicate]

I don't think this has yet been covered in any of the other questions on similar topics. There was one other very similar question, however, it was not specifically talking about the case where the ...
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“Decoding time” vs. “time of decoding”

What's the difference between "decoding time" and "time of decoding", "data compression" and "compression of data"? And why isn't it "decoding's time", but "decoding time"?
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Different forms of the possessive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Apostrophe "s" vs "Of" I want to know what's the different between the ownership usage: "He's her mother's son" "He is the son of her mother" What'...
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Seasonal parsing: “enjoying Re-run's of Christmas' past” — fragment, pluralization and ownership

enjoying Re-run's of Christmas' past I just saw this posted as a Facebook status update, and it has boggled me as to how it should be considered or how it should be rewritten. If re-runs belong to ...
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Add one more level of indirection in ownership description: “Peter teacher's car”?

If I want to describe a car owned by Peter, I will say "Peter's car". But how do I describe the car his teacher owns? "Peter teacher's car" or do I have to be descriptive: "the car of Peter's teacher"...
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Adjective describing possession by someone else

Is there any adjective in English that would describe a quality of belonging or being in the possession of someone else who is not the speaker? In short, what adjective would you substitute for the ...
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Is “today's” grammatical as a singular possessive? [closed]

Is the following correct? Today's easy to use models can come in handy for a variety of purposes. Is today's correct as a singular possessive?
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How do I correctly use the possessive apostrophe with a parenthetical citation?

Is the apostrophe in the right place in the following sentence? Pendleton, et al. (2002)’s research implies that extension of treatment allows for greater weight loss.
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How do I pronounce “s's” and “s'”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? Pronouncing possessive words that already end in s How do I pronounce possessives that end with the awkward "s's" and "...
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How do we pronounce “others'”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? I know that we pronounce "someone else's" as "someone else sus." I'm wondering how do we pronounce others'. Is it ...
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How do you write “a class's constructor”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? I want to write this sentence: In a singleton pattern, a class's constructor needs to be private instead of public....
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“Boys bicycle” vs. “boy's bicycle” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: User’s Guide vs Users’ Guide When describing, for example, a bicycle for boys as "a boys bicycle", should it be "boy's" or "boys"? The phrase is not implying ownership but the ...
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Using apostrophes with plural and possession

We have something going to print today, but everyone in the office is arguing as to where to correctly place the apostrophe in the sentence (if at all!) The sentence is: Bring your event into the ...
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“It's” versus “its” frequencies

My hypothesis is that in informal writing (say something like Stack Exchange questions) "it's" is massively more common than "its". Is this true? Are there any data to support it? Concrete ...
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“Thank you for your coming” and “Thank you for your understanding” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Thank you for coming” and “Thank you for your coming” The first one seems ungrammatical, as pointed by some of native speakers. But the latter one ...
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What's the right possessive pronoun for “nobody”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a correct gender-neutral, singular pronoun (“his” versus “her” versus “their”)? None as plural indefinite pronoun Should it be ...
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Possessive form of inanimate subject [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car's antenna”? Is it "role of the FRG" or "the FRG's role"? I know that although the FRG is not a person, ...
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When is it appropriate to use 'the' instead of a possessive determiner?

I was with someone today and we were talking about a woman, and she said: "Wow, the husband must be so proud." I was confused as to which was correct or more appropriate as opposed to: "Wow, ...
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Correct usage of pronoun: “their” vs “its” [closed]

Which word goes in the blank (their or its)? The stones are small, but ___ value is great. I think it is their but my child's paper says it is its. Which is correct and why?
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Can “his/her” be replaced by “his”?

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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Third person equivalent of “yours” and “mine” [closed]

What is the third person equivalent of yours or mine? For example, It's not your book; you should take yours. It's not my book; I should take mine. It's not his book; he should take X.
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Correct use of possession for the plural 'ladies' [closed]

At a clothing store, you might see a sign saying Men's Clothing, and the possessive use of the apostrophe correctly indicates that the clothing is suited towards the group "Men" (i.e. more than one ...
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Grammar: Forming Possessives

I have a document about a problem description where that description is given step by step, like this: RED entry BLUE entry ... Now, I want to explicitly refer to two entries in that ...
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How to make the genitive of a person's name with “OF”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it usually “friend of his”, but no possessive apostrophe with “friend of Peter”? We built an engine for the boat of Mr. Sander or We built an ...
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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 ...