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

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Master thesis, master's degree thesis or master degree thesis

I searched online and I understood that "master's degree" retains the apostrophe, while the relative thesis is commonly referred to as "master thesis". However, of the forms Master thesis Master's ...
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Possessive with acronyms [closed]

Can the possesive formulation apostrophe s be used with acronyms of institutions. For instance: NASA's maps? Are institutions treated as person names, or differently?
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“Thousand Dollars Worth” or “Thousand Dollars' Worth”. Is this a Possessive?

I was writing the following sentence: Five thousand dollars worth of equipment does not a professional photographer make. Apart from the other questionable syntax in this over-stylized sentence, ...
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“Dollars' worth” vs. “dollars worth” for numerals

I have a follow-up question to "Thousand Dollars Worth" or "Thousand Dollars' Worth". Is this a Possessive?. I agree with the answers that it's both logically correct and ...
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“Today's news is tomorrow's history” — are those possessives? [duplicate]

In the sentence above, why is "'s" used? Is it considered a possessive? It seems strange to state that the news "belongs" to today or the history "belongs" to tomorrow.
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apostrophe that goes with a noun which precedes a relative clause

Suppose you wanted to place a possessive apostrophe in this sentence: Billy, who goes to my school, favorite game is tag. I know it's not standard, but I can hear kids (or older) saying an s sound ...
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If you are talking “on behalf of” you and someone else, what is the correct usage?

If you are talking on behalf of you and someone else what is the correct usage? On behalf of my wife and me On behalf of my wife and I On behalf of me and my wife On behalf of myself ...
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“My parents' friendship with…” vs. “my parent's friendship with…” vs. “my parents friendship with…”

Which of these is correct please, if any? my parents' friendship with Sally's parents my parent's friendship with Sally's parents my parents friendship with Sally's parents What is the ...
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Which is most appropriate? “Only do this with {management/management's/managemental} approval.”

Which is most appropriate? "Only do this with {management/management's/managemental} approval." I get that the word "management" can be singular or plural. But, can it also be both possessive and ...
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Multiple consecutive possession

What is the correct way of writing 's in multiple consecutive possession? Bob's dog. Bob's dog's toy. Bob's dog's toy's ears. Is this correct?
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“Synyster Gates/Gates' being left handed” [duplicate]

I texted a friend "I was wrong about Synyster Gates being left handed" earlier this morning, and I realized that I don't know if the word "being" here is something Gates possesses, or if it is a verb. ...
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Possessive with nonessential phrase [duplicate]

Here's a puzzler: Is the use here of his wife, Julie's, correct? Peter Brown, still smarting from his wife, Julie's, infidelity, wants her dead, and he's trying to convince his friend Bill to ...
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where to put the possessive “s” with an appositive parenthetical

Say I have a gym instructor called Anne and it's her birthday. I want to convey that to someone who doesn't know who Anne is in one sentence. In speech, I would probably say, "it is Anne, my gym ...
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Colleagues or Colleague's? [closed]

Here is the context: Please enter a colleagues email address: My coworker believes that in this context, it should be colleagues. I think that because it is a possessive noun, that it should be ...
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If a noun is followed by brackets, where should the apostrophe be placed to show possession?

Which of the following four sentences has used the apostrophe in the correct way? Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) teeth were glinting in the sunlight. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)'s teeth ...
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English grammar Genitive case

Please help me, I am confused. As you know some times we can 'of' in a noun phrase by reversing the nouns order eg. a train of goods => a goods train If I want to mention a definite 'goods train' ...
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Usage of “ 's ” in is Franco a friend of Jamie's? [duplicate]

What is the difference between "is Franco a friend of Jamie's?" and "is Franco a friend of Jamie?"? Are both correct? What is more appropriate?
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“A quarter of us is going to lose our jobs” or “A quarter of us is going to lose his job”

During my English lesson, I found this sentence in the book A quarter of us is going to lose our job. I think it's wrong but the teachers disagree with me. I think that the subject is "a quarter", ...
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*all of us's friend

There's this funny gap I tried to write a paper once upon a time when I studied linguistics, and I'd like to know if anyone has insight into it. The construction in question is the possessive ...
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Drop possessive apostrophe for noun ending in s/double s

Most sources I've found state you should add the possessive apostrophe even to nouns ending in s, as in Thomas's and James's, but does this ring true for nouns such as duchess, countess, and marquess? ...
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How to express the price of a unit of output

What are the differences in meaning between: The output’s unit’s price The unit output’s price or Output unit’s price My intention is to say: “The price of a unit of output”
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Are there nouns that undergo no change when used in the possessive (Saxon genitive)?

I’m looking for the existence of English nouns (common or proper) that undergo no change when used in their possessive (Saxon genitive) form, i.e. that do not take the usual ’s appendage the way radio’...
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How do you pronounce the possessive form of Las Vegas? [duplicate]

How do you pronounce the possessive form of Las Vegas? Example: Las Vegas' best radio station Is it correct to put only an apostrophe after the 's' when writing the possessive form of this noun?
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Which is correct Jess' or Jess's [duplicate]

Please help us solve our debate. One person says to write "Jess' Bridal Shower", the other says to write "Jess's Bridal Shower". What is the correct way, or are the both correct?
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“Everyone's heads” or “everyone's head”

An example would be "It flew over everyone's heads", or "It flew over everyone's head". What would be correct in this case and why?
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What is the correct way to say “It was this week that Justin and my lives changed forever”?

What is the correct way to indicate "Justin and I" as being possessive of our individual lives in this sentence? Is there a way to do this without restructuring the sentence? A friend of mine posted ...
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What does “their” refer to in this sentence?

I'm having a hard time with this sentence: Professional bodies will monitor, and if necessary, discipline members who do not adhere to their ethical principles. Does 'their' refer to the members ...
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Should possessive 's be used when there is no possession in the strict ('this is John's property') sense involved?

I was trying to write “I was using the lecture's flow of logic”, as to say that I was following the logic that was in the lecture. But I am corrected by a spell-checker. I tried to google it, but ...
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Why it is “Okun's Law” and “Philips Curve” rather than “Okun Law” and “Philips' Curve”? [duplicate]

How exactly do these kinds of compound words work? "Okun's Law" and "Philips Curve" rather than "Okun Law" and "Philips' Curve"? Is there any grammar book I can look for?
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Article in “a certain writer's skills” [closed]

Should there be an article in a phrase "a certain writer's skills"? In phrases like this, is an article a part of a noun or a noun modifier ("writer's" in this case)?
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“My one” vs Mine

I've heard someone say "Here's my one" instead of "Here's mine". Is the former grammatical? It seems like it's a shortcut for "Here's one that is mine".
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What is the infinitive form of a possessive adjective?

I want to create flashcards (French <-> English) about idioms like "to put all your eggs in one basket". Those idioms have to be written in the infinitive form but I don't know what do to with ...
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Are people using 'of' differently today than they were 20 years ago? [closed]

Of 'of': Expressing Possession and Being Possessed The definition of 'of' was changed in the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) from the 1989 edition to the 2010 edition. Below are 2 sub-topics ...
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The plural form of: One's life work

I'm editing an essay about the two founders of a software company, and there is a sentence that currently reads: They have made it their live's work..." This looks and feels wrong, but I'm ...
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Why is it usually “friend of his”, but no possessive apostrophe with “friend of Peter”?

As this NGram shows, we nearly always use the possessive form of personal pronouns for friend of mine/his/ours/etc. But when it comes to actual names, we prefer friend of Peter without the possessive ...
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Possessives of a title in italics

If one writes a word in italics, say the name of a movie, and wants to put apostrophe s at the end to form the possessive, is the apostrophe s italicised with the title? Chinatown's or Chinatown's?
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“Its” as a Possessive Pronoun

Since its can be both determiner possessive pronoun and nominal possessive pronoun, an example of its as determiner possessive pronoun would be: We saved this question for last because of its ...
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“the growth of he and his sister” in this sentence from the Guardian

Just read this line on the Guardian: He dismantles his bedroom and helps tidy the house, daubing white paint over the pencil marks on the doorframe which have measured the growth of he and his ...
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“Doctor's appointment” or “doctors appointment”?

I've looked this up online, but I can't find any explanations from reasonably credible sources, so I'm posting my question here! (Was that a comma splice?) Should I refer to the appointment that I ...
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Possession with common and proper nouns in same sentence [duplicate]

She was in town for her brother’s, Brett’s, birthday. or She was in town for her brother, Brett’s, birthday. or She was in town for her brother’s, Brett’s, birthday. or ?
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Why is this sentence wrong? “I looked at our watch” [closed]

While studying English by watching a video, I encountered the following sentence: ”I looked at our watch" in the video it said, the sentence was wrong because "I" is singular and "our" is plural. ...
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The exact meaning of “John's paintings of his cat were auctioned” [duplicate]

Could it be true: John's paintings of his cat were auctioned. = Some paintings made and owned by John depicting his cat were auctioned.
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which is better usage for this plural: sheriff's offices or sheriffs' offices

I am writing about a dozen different offices headed by locally elected sheriffs. There are other 'offices' in the story, so at least a couple of times I'll have to use the full phrase. In your view, ...
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Possessive form of “which” [duplicate]

The possessive form of who is whose. What is the equivalent possessive form of which? which has the same purpose as who as a placeholder in a secondary sentence, with the difference that who is for ...
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Another way to say the possessive “one another's” or “each other's”

The possessive forms in "one another's" or "each other's" seems awkward as the "s" is given to just one part of the phrase. Is there any other way to say such possessives. Example: Couples do not ...
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Need help understanding the use of possessive noun for this particular sentence [closed]

100 Mn raised by 52 parents for their baby's treatment of extremely underdeveloped organs. or 100 Mn raised by 52 parents for their babies' treatment of extremely underdeveloped organs. Need to ...
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Correct order of multiple possessive words

Which is correct: Myrtle’s party took place in her and Tom’s apartment Or Myrtle’s party took place in Tom's and her apartment Or neither?
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I need help with possessions, should this be center or center's?

At the beginning of the school year, students are required to take measures that will include the standard University Center’s assessment battery. Should it be Center's or Center?
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Do you pluralize the singular possessions of individual members of a plural group?

In a situation where you are speaking to a group of men — for example on a sign passed by many married men — which is correct: "Remind your wife" or "Remind your wives"?
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What is more acceptable—“Hopkins's” or “Hopkins'”? [duplicate]

The title is fairly self-explanatory, but I was wondering how one would write/say the possessive form of the name "Hopkins". Is it " Hopkins's " or " Hopkins' " or are both acceptable?