Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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How to pronounce acronyms with apostrophes?

Simple question: How do you pronounce acronyms when they're used with apostrophe to express possession? For example: In the NIH's high-risk, high-reward programmes, “if an idea isn't developing ...
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When addressing my 'Sensei', should I omit the possessive “my”?

In English, when (if ever) is it appropriate to use the possessive with a formal title when addressing someone? Kind of like I would say, "As you wish, my greatest of loves." For example, Thank ...
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“One of my friend's father” vs. “one of my friends' father” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Possessive form of “one of [a list]”? What is correct: One of my friend's father is serving in the Navy. One of my friends' father is serving in the Navy. ...
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“Kitchen's wall” vs. “kitchen wall” vs. “the wall of his kitchen”

Which sentence is most common and natural? Finally, one of our neighbors broke his kitchen's wall open and got her. Finally, one of our neighbors broke his kitchen wall open and got her. ...
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“Whom” or “who” and replies to such questions

Which is the most natural way to ask the question below? Are the replies correct? (Words in parentheses show that they are optional.) Whose are these notebooks? - (Of) our students./These notebooks ...
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Our bodies' or our body's

In this context: "This [subject] [verb clause] by boosting our [body's || bodies'] immune system?" In this case the writer is using "our" as a generic substitution for "your". The argument went that "...
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“User's expertise” or “user expertise”?

What is the correct form when referring to the expertise of a user (e.g. in programming, writing)? user's expertise user expertise
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Use of possessive form in this phrase?

In the following phrase, we are debating if a possessive genitive form should be used or not: "Such mapping enabled the use of the classical statistical mechanics' tools" Should "classical ...
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Referring to some attribute of an inanimate object — use “who's”?

This came up in describing an input to a function: A handle to the daemon who's name is desired. (Daemon is a type of process on a system.) Somehow, "who's" just doesn't seem right because it's ...
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Achilles heel and Achilles tendon

Studying possessive apostrophes I have searched on ELU the questions correlated to this matter. I have found the following: «What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s?» and &...
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How to indicate possession by e.g. passers-by, mothers-in-law

I'm quite fond of internal pluralisation, such as passers-by, mothers-in-law, or even Chambers of Commerce. However, I've recently realised that I've no idea how to indicate possession in such a case....
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Possessive form of “one of [a list]”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Plural possessive with separate posessions Which of the following is more correct? Or is there another form I'm missing? We drove to the movies in one of my buddy's car. ...
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“by winning” vs “by her winning” or “of her win”

I have a dilema, here's a little excerpt: Anna, an accomplished classical musician, was encouraged by her winning the prestigious award .... plans to launch a new album. Sounds really wrong. Is ...
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How should I correctly repeat possessives?

planning of mine, the student and the company planning of mine, the student's, and the company's Which is correct/better, and why? I would assume 2 is correct, but is 1 incorrect?
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Using a possessive apostrophe with an initialism [closed]

Should you write "some of the UK's longest tunnels..." or "some of the UKs longest tunnels..."?
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How to write the “plural of plural”?

I'm always confused how to write a "something of something else" in English, especially when plural is involved. For example, what would be the correct way to write the following sentences in English: ...
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Why do we use 's when not abbreviating is/was?

I'm not English hence I don't know how this is called in the first place (that's why the title of this question should be changed) but what I'm referring to is this "s" used in English language to ...
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“Ear doctor's” vs “Ear doctor”

In one of Stephen King's books titled "On Writing" he writes: "The next week my mother called another taxi, we went back to the ear doctor's, and I found once more lying on my side with the absorbent ...
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Best link to forward to juniors re: correct use of apostrophes, possessives and contractions

I'm tired of my junior employees abusing, misusing and otherwise being cavalier about possessives and the use of apostrophes. I could wag my finger at them, point them to some Guide of Style or to any ...
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“Dad's corner” or “dads' corner”

Which is right: dad's corner or dads' corner? I see dad's corner used regularly so I am assuming that's right, but in my mind dad's is singular whereas the corner belongs to multiple dads as it's a ...
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Plurals, Possesives, and Proper Nouns ending with 'S' [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? I just took a grammar quiz in 10th grade English Honors, and one of the questions was very interesting to me. In this ...
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Using the apostrophe when referring to a group

Consider these sentences. The first is as I sent it to an editor. The second is as the editor sent it back, corrected as he saw it. I almost sent it back with my first version, then added the 'from' ...
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Proper use of possessives

If I wanted to talk about treasure owned by multiple explorers, how would I write it? The explorers' treasure. OR The explorer's treasure. Is the plural form of explorer considered irregular?
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Why do we use “its” for possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why doesn't “its” have an apostrophe? Generally, there is an apostrophe when someone possesses something: That's Gerald's cat. Gerald's cat is dead. ...
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What is the correct syntax for a plural possessive of a word already ending in s? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? Before you vote to close as a duplicate, note that these two questions deal with similar issues to this, but none of them ...
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“Project's status” or “project status”

Should I say the project's status or the project status?
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How to use “my” correctly in a plural possessive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “my wife and I's” correct, or should it be “my wife's and my”? Are the following sentences grammatically correct? If not, how should I ...
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How to use the possessive form when referring to someone else and yourself? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is “my wife and I's” correct, or should it be “my wife's and my”? How to use the possessive form when referring to someone else and yourself? ...
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Dogs' or dogs's? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? Me and a friend are wondering whether the right form of the possessive for the plural of a word (say dog) would be dogs' ...
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Castleford dialect

I have recently heard the following from young children originating from Castleford, West Yorkshire: Yourn, meaning yours, hern, meaning hers, arn, meanig ours Could this be related to the ...
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Apostrophe or assume the possessive?

This question has divided the office into two camps. Camp 1 believes the correct way to indicate the relationship in this sentence is to use the client's name as a possessive, as in "When ...
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“human brain capacity” or “human brain's capacity”

What is the correct version please? The human brain capacity to do something. The human brain's capacity to do something.
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“A friend of his” type expression for abstract entities

Like many non-native speakers, formulations like "a friend of his" strike me as counter-intuitive, but I'm trying to adapt. Now I have a strange situation: I want to apply it to abstract entities. The ...
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Ambiguity when a sentence contains multiple possessive pronouns

I have a question related to another one that I have asked. In the following sentence, whose father is being referenced? Billy’s friend and his father were there. In the following re-structured ...
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Possessive form in alternate names or other extra clarifying sentences?

Suppose I'd like to refer to a car owned by my neighbor. I write this as "That's Mr. Johnson's (my neighbors) car". Should I write the extra "my neighbor" in it's genitive form? Sorry if the title ...
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Which goal is whose?

Here is the situation: Kids in a small yard are about to play soccer. There are no goalposts in that yard (or "goals" or whatever you call it, I mean those metal frames on each side of the soccer ...
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When should I use “your”, and when “you're”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Your” vs. “you're”: Why the confusion? Instead of saying "you're free to [...]," I've seen many people use "your free to [...]." I've seen your ...
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Apostrophe for words ending with the letter S [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? When did it become correct to add an 's' to a singular possessive already ending in 's'? I always had this difficulty ...
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Is it “consumer savings” or “consumers’ savings”?

In the previous year, consumers' savings had decreased. or In the previous year, consumer savings had decreased. Which one is valid and why?
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Referring to “the assertion made in the US Supreme Court's majority opinion”

I want to refer to an assertion that is part of the written majority opinion in a particular case, put forth by the US Supreme Court's majority for that case. Question spurred by my attempts to do ...
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Possessive of Queen's? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Possessive of a word that's already possessive? I ran into this issue today. Referring to Queen's University, how would you say "I've been accepted to Queen's MA program?" ...
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How to say something sponsors another

If book A is sponsored by entity B, how can I say: . . . in the upcoming B 's sponsored book A . . . or . . . in the upcoming B sponsored book A . . .
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IEEE X or IEEE's X

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has a Project Management Body of Knowledge. When referring to the PMBOK, should I use the possessive: IEEE 's Project Management Body of ...
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Avoiding the possessive form of words ending with “s”

This question deals with the proper possessive for words that end with s. I am wondering how common it is to restructure a sentence as to avoid the awkward possessive form. For example: I visited ...
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About possessive apostrophe usage! [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? Hello! New to English, but doing fairly fine so far... well, here's a situation I had a couple times, and... well, I kind ...
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How to phrase “my time and Bob's time” more succinctly?

I can say "Bob and I are going" instead of "I'm going and Bob is going." I want to say something like "This is a waste of my time and Bob's time," but only saying "time" once. I can't say "our" ...
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Possessive and plural of “Series”

I'm looking at the financial definition of series: a group of stocks or options that have common characteristics. Source How would I form the possessive and plural of this term? I'm guessing it is ...
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Train service or Train's service - Adj or Possessive (Edit) Genitive

I saw this announcement on train: The train service terminates at ... I think, in the noun phrase the train service, the word train does not modify the noun service (Edit: as other noun acting as ...
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Is “a friend of his” a used phrase?

I know that a friend of mine is a used phrase, but is the phrase also used with other personal possessive adjectives? I met a friend of his.
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J.A. Gagarin's flight vs J.A. Gagarin flight

1) Is it Ok to leave the initials or would you drop them? Writing his name in full seems odd since it isn't Gagarin who is the point of discussion. 2) Is it Gagarin's or Gagarin? Is there any ...