Questions tagged [possessives]

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

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Is “decades’ past” possessive?

I’m pretty sure I have this right; here's my sentence: There were a few random music friends from decades’ past there to see her, and she couldn’t be any prouder. Do I have the apostrophe right?
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Should there be an apostrophe in “Ladies' Coats” on the sign in a shop selling ladies' coats? [duplicate]

I work in a charity shop and we sell coats for ladies. Should the sign read "Ladies' Coats" or "Ladies Coats"? I argue for the apostrophe but some of my friends argue that as the coats do not belong ...
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Why does “today’s lesson” seem to be possessive?

Why do we say the following? I'll have an hour's wait at the airport Today's lesson Yesterday's programme Two weeks' worth of groceries. They are not possessive, or are they? ...
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Placing adjectives in front of nouns [duplicate]

I've a doubt for using adjectives in front of nouns in regards dropping the "s" I'm a translator (PT>EN) and sometimes the following examples pop out: (single) Patient Chart / Patient's chart (...
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U.S Men's National Team or U.S Men National Team [duplicate]

Can you explain which one is correct or if both are correct, under which scenario one is more suitable than the other? I have this doubt in general, when to use nouns as adjectives or possession like ...
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Ambiguity with “the players' gloves”

I try to avoid possessives in formal writing, but in some cases the brevity is necessary. With a plural possessive construction such as the players' gloves is it ambiguous grammatically whether ...
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Help understanding errors from English exam in Cyprus

I had the following questions on an exam: SECTION 1: GENERAL ERRORS The following sentences contain ONE grammatical or vocabulary error that has been underlined. Briefly explain why it is an ...
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Is it “everyone's life” or “everyone's lives”? [duplicate]

Which is correct: "everyone's life" or "everyone's lives"? I know that when the pronoun everyone is used as a subject, it takes singular verb agreement (as in the sentence "Everyone was there"). But ...
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use of “as that of” as comparative and possessive case following it [duplicate]

which of the following usage are right ? 1) The life of the rich is as peaceful as that of the poor. 2) the life of the rich is as peaceful as that of the poor's. 3) Your bicycle is as beautiful ...
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men's vs mens which is correct [duplicate]

I am working on an invitation design for a charity. I am wondering which one of these is correct, Young Men's Committee or Young Mens Committee
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Is there an apostrophe in a master's degree?

The question asks it all really. When referring to a master's degree, do you use an apostrophe or not? That is, is it "a master's" or "a masters"?
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Is there a correct gender-neutral singular pronoun (“his” vs. “her” vs. “their”)?

Is there a pronoun I can use as a gender-neutral pronoun when referring back to a singular noun phrase? Each student should save his questions until the end. Each student should save her ...
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Double contraction possible with possessive noun + is?

Can one shorten, in informal writing, a phrase like “Smith’s is the best among the ones I’ve seen” to “Smith’s’s best among the ones I’ve seen”, using double ’s contraction? I myself doubt it’s ...
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Possessive s of an indefinite noun

I hope I got the title right, let me describe my problem: I have a sentence like this: "The data supplied by a Myo's sensors [...]" (The Myo is an armband, which can record EMG data to put it simple) ...
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Why is “Two friends of my parents' have just left…” grammatically correct?

I just trying to solve this, but my English is not so good. Could anyone help me? Why is the letter a) correct? thanks a lot in advance Complete the following sentence: "Two ________ have just left ...
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typesetting: small caps on possessive apostrophe after name? [closed]

Some typesetting styles use small caps on surnames, e.g., "Mᴀᴏ Zedong's Little Red Book". If the surname comes last, however, I'm not sure whether or not the possessive apostrophe-ess should be ...
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When to show possession and when not [closed]

Can anybody please explain when should I use an apostrophe S and when not to. If I am referring to certain walls that surround a kingdom, should I say "The kingdom walls" or "the kingdom's walls" ...
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What case is the word preceding a possessive “'s”?

In the sentence "I gave Jane's dog to her." what is the case of the word Jane? The only example where I can see that a case might exist would be in the example of "whoever's" vs. "whomever's" where "...
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apostrophe, compound noun, compound modifier

I was trying to decide whether to put an apostrophe at the end of "couples" in this sentence: You're invited to the annual married couples breakfast. My knee-jerk answer is yes, it needs an ...
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Origins of possessive pronouns

If apostrophe + s is the acceptable way of denoting a genitive in English, is it possible that possessive pronouns, such as hers, ours and yours, started life as possessive adjectives with apostrophe +...
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Can a possessive pronoun stand alone? [closed]

Is this sentence acceptable? It sounds correct but looks informal. Usually, historical nonfiction works are not the most exciting books that one can read, but Jack’s surprisingly rises above the ...
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A possessive affix for words ending in 've'?

I was playing with my spell-checker, and decided to download up-to-date English (British) dictionaries from there. One of the files that is essential for spell-checkers, in addition to the .dic files ...
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“Yoga philosophy” or “Yoga's philosophy”: Difference in meaning with or without the possessive apostrophe? [closed]

For me it feels like there's a difference in meaning but I'm unable to pin it down. It's clear that "Yoga's philosophy" would indicate possession while "Yoga philosophy" wouldn't but I'm unsure of the ...
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Are there cases where a possessive pronoun is omitted?

Are there cases where the possessive adjective is omitted in a sentence, or is it always used? For example, in a sentence like "Susan was walking with her hands in her pockets", is it necessary to ...
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“Each person's car” vs. “each persons' car” [closed]

Which of the following is correct? Each person's car has four wheels. Each persons' car has four wheels.
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“If I were you, I'd apologise to my/your mum”

I'm stuck with this example which I don't know how to solve: A: I've said bad things to my mum. B: If I were you, I'd apologise to your mum. Is it supposed to be your or my instead? My feeling ...
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Possessive form of Mrs. (with full-stop/period) [duplicate]

Let's assume I have a text talking about Mrs. Jones and I want to start a section talking about her childhood. Which of the following forms, if any, is valid? Mrs.'s childhood or Mrs.' ...
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Can a program name be possessive? (i.e. Notepad++'s plugin manager) [closed]

On Stack Overflow, I found a question with the following title: what is the notepad++ plugin manager server url While editing the question for readability, I changed the title to: What is the ...
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How to express possessive [duplicate]

If my pie is hot, and Lola's pie is hot. Can I say "Lola and my's pies are hot"? Or should it be "Lola's and my pies are hot"? These posts, "My wife and I's seafood collaboration ...
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Singular or plural in possessives with “of” and “and”

Let me explain my question with an example. I am writing a paper in electrical engineering. We have two type A converters and one type B converter. Each converter has a control loop with a bandwidth. ...
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apostrophes : girls' and boys' team

Quoting businesswritingblog.com: The girls' and boys' teams are both in the playoffs. (Both girls and boys have their own team--both have their own apostrophe.) The girls and boys' team ...
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Is it correct to have 's with these words? [duplicate]

Is the form: vigings' history/legend correct? Or the only way to show the possession in these cases is with the the of form? More examples would be: germans' ..., austrians' ... etc.
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Using the Possessive with Gerunds: appreciate their thinking or appreciate them thinking? [duplicate]

In formal writing, which sentence would be a better choice to imply "I appreciated that they had thought of me"? I appreciated their thinking of me. I appreciated them thinking of me. Is there a ...
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Apostrophe on Proper Nouns that end in -s. “Louis's” vs “Louis’ '’? [duplicate]

Though I see that many have asked the question of whether acronyms that ends with a "s" should be s' or s's, I have puzzled over whether nouns that ends in “s” should end in s's or s'. Many sources ...
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“Welcome to the Jones__”: Plural or Plural Possessive? [closed]

When making a welcome sign, what form of the name Jones would you use? ("Welcome to the Jones__")
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The word's “mage” possessive form comes up as a mistake [closed]

So I've been up and about writing my own little novel and I noticed that the word's "mage" possessive form comes up as a mistake. The example would be the following — "mage's tower". The word "mage" ...
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Using “who” for things (nonliving beings)

On an online typing tutor site I came across the following phrase: We're now going to move on to words who's first letter originates on the top row. Can "who" normally be used in this way (to ...
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How would you say “a car manufactured by Toyota”?

I bought a car manufactured by Toyota. How would you say "a car manufactured by Toyota"? I bought Toyota's car. or I bought a car of Toyota. or I bought a car from Toyota. or I bought ...
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What is the possessive for several names?

If Alice and Bob each has a house, are these "Alice and Bob's houses" or "Alice's and Bob's houses"? Does that change anything if each of the houses belongs to both of them?
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Use of apostrophe in adjective phrase containing a possessive

I work and write for a tech company that has created many first-in-the-world technologies. In press releases, I often write something like “[Company name] today announced another world’s first with ...
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Why do we say a “hotel room” and not a “hotel's room”? [closed]

I would like to know what the rule is to explain why we do not use the genitive construction hotel's room. Instead, we say "a hotel room". Other examples: a hospital bed a bike stand Would it ...
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Use of possessive determiners with adjectives

I've read this thread and while it does seem to give me the answer I am looking for, I still wanted to ask a related question. Let's take the following sentences as examples: "He lives in a flat, ...
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What is a person who needs to add a descriptor to the possessor's best way of accomplishing this?

The title I used was a rough example of the issue I'm having, but it's one I seem to have from time to time and haven't quite found the right answer, nor, the correct way to ask the question. That ...
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Is a possessive noun a contraction?

I was told not to use contractions in an essay. My classmate wrote "the argument of Emily" but I preferred "Emily's argument". He disagreed and claimed "Emily's" is a contraction.
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Use of parentheses to include both singular and/or plural possessive

GIVEN: "You can either pay for, or rent, your kid's baseball uniform." QUESTION: If you are sending form letters to each of a number of parents, some of whom have 1 child, and others, 2 or more ...
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Why do some older writings have misused possessives?

I was recently visiting the Henry Ford museum, when I came across this old billboard: In case it is difficult to read in the picture, the full text was "See it at your Ford dealer's now!" Note that ...
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posession for non living things [duplicate]

Are all the phrases below correct and if they are , what are the differences? Car's window / car window / the window of car
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Possessive for Mothers' Day

OK, so we just passed Mothers' Day and I was curious as to why the card manufacturers all seem to think that the holiday is about one mother, i.e., mother's day vs. all mothers, mothers' day?
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Which is correct here, “your” or “yours”?

I know that "Your" is a determiner and, "Yours" is a possessive pronoun. I had a case where I wasn't sure if it should be used as a determiner or pronoun: In response from your and someone's ...