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This tag applies to questions on possessives formed with an apostrophe and "s" ('s) for indicating ownership.

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What definition of day is used? Saxon genitive

I had a comprehension test in where there was write "i dug the city after a good day's sleep" Is "day" refeard to a whole 24 hrs day or to light-time day?
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If someone famous owns a dog, is it “someone famous’ dog”? [duplicate]

If my two neighbors own a cat, it’s "my neighbors’ cat". If someone famous owns a dog, what's the correct way to describe it: "someone famous’ dog"?
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Found in Mary'r Room [closed]

Why am I not to say "… found in Mary'r room," which ought to be the logically correct way to use the genitive apostrophe? Something could as reasonably be found in Mary'r room if it could be ...
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What is the correct way to use the genitive in “Marge's and Homer's personalities are the opposite”? [duplicate]

I was making drills with the genitive case and I made a sentence that I don't understand (ironically): Marge's and Homer's personalities are the opposite. I mean, it is supposed that every person ...
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What is the genitive of “service”?

Is it "a delivery service's terms and conditions" or "a delivery service' terms and conditions"? Follow-up question: If the answer is "service'", how is it pronounced, just as "service"?
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“Leader's Workshop” or “Leaders' Workshop”? [duplicate]

Leader's Workshop or Leaders' Workshop Which is correct? A team of twenty leaders will be attending the workshop.
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Do you add `'s` for the possessive of a singular compound noun that ends in a plural noun?

Which of these is correct? The Union of Concerned Scientists's main goal is to prevent nuclear war. or The Union of Concerned Scientists' main goal is to prevent nuclear war. The noun phrase ...
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Genitive with water's surface [duplicate]

Is it possible to say "the water's surface was golden"? Can we use the genitive-s here?
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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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“One of the perpetrator’s faces” or “One of the perpetrators’ faces”? [closed]

I'm a transcriber and this has been a debate. An attorney says: "One of the perpetrators faces." Would you use 's or s'?
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Plural possessive with multiple words [duplicate]

What is the correct form of a plural possessive when the noun has multiple words? For example, would the correct form be: Institutions of higher education's or Institutions' of higher education
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Plurals and Possession

After scrolling through example.com's vacancies, I came across your blog post (link). I was excited to learn that the focus of your design teams are to serve users' needs first through extensive ...
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What form, for the Saxon genitive of a noun phrase with a plural noun?

Please confirm reception of my emails dated Jan. 15. With Saxon genitive: Please confirm my emails dated Jan. 15's reception. Please confirm my emails dated Jan. 15' reception. Which ...
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City/state possessive starting a sentence

Are there any special punctuation rules for city/state possessives at the start of a sentence? For instance, without recasting, do the two examples below look good in terms of punctuation? • ...
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What is the ’s-possessive form of “the king of Troy, Priam”? [duplicate]

“This was brought about by the king of Troy’s, Priam’s, death.” In this sentence, should the ’s be tagged on to “the king of Troy”, “Priam”, or both?
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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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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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Is it physics’s or physics’? [duplicate]

For a sentence such as "physics’ greatest...", would you use physics’s or physics’ ? Microsoft Word highlights physics's as incorrect; however, I have seen it be used.
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“What are Liam and Noel's jobs?” versus “What are Liam's and Noel's jobs?” [duplicate]

This question is about use of the group genitive versus joint possessives in a phrase and/or list. Where two or more distinct persons, animals, etc., are in the genitive, the group genitive ...
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On the idiomaticity of attributive proper nouns, proper adjectives, and either singular or plural possessives when describing Imperial Possessions [closed]

When talking about something which is owed by an empire or is considered to be a part of that empire, which of the many ways to express this relationship are most commonly used and generally accepted ...
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Is the noun “device” correctly used as a modifier in the phrase “the device box”?

For example, "the instruction manual can be found in the device's box". "Device's" doesn't sound right to me, so I thought of using: "the instruction manual can be found in the device box". Is it ...
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What's the difference between “apostrophe” and “of”, when they are used to express the meaning of belonging? [duplicate]

For example, "The title of this book" and "Book's title", are they the same? P.S. "The books of XX","His books","XX's books", if I want to express the meaning that "XX is the author of this book", ...
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Should “children” or “children's” be used in “London's children('s) and family portrait photographer”? [closed]

"London's children and family portrait photographer" or "London's children's and family portrait photographer"? Any help gratefully appreciated
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A friend of John's / John's friend

The question: Suppose John is my friend, and I am introducing myself to his brother, should I say "I am a friend of John's" or "I am John's friend" ?? I would use the former, but some ...
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Small enumeration of some people deaths [closed]

Events are being recapped. First died James, then both the twins that the reader already knows, then dies John's sister, then a statue gets broken. I'm translating an heavy-built phrase from Italian, ...
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What's wrong with “One of my children's name IS John”?

Please don't throw this one out as a duplicate of “one of …” singular or plural? I'm not asking about the plurality of the noun immediately following those two words - I'm interested in exactly why ...
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Quoted Titles & Possessives — Journalistic Style

The Associated Press (they never use italics) punctuates the possessive of titles in quotes like this: "Jeopardy!'s" subtleties of language ... . (actual excerpt from The AP) If a question mark ...
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the genitive of 'one' (used instead of 'you') in formal contexts [closed]

It's better to use 'one' instead of 'you' in formal writing but what about the genitive of 'one'? your body => one's body/ ones body / ...? What is correct?
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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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What would be the possessive of “Defendants Smith”?

In a legal pleading, we had described several defendants, collectively, as "Defendants Smith". How do I create a possessive for that? Is it "Defendants Smiths' argument" or is it "Defendants Smith's ...
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When did possessive *it's* fall out of favor?

Here are two parts of the US Constitution that would today be treated as having spelling errors: No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or ...
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Is it “John or Mary's house” or “John's or Mary's house”?

I understand that if John and Mary own a house together, it is John and Mary's house. If they jointly owned multiple houses, they would be John and Mary's houses. I also understand that if John and ...
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“mammal exhibit” vs. “ mammals exhibit” vs. “mammals' exhibit” [duplicate]

Ok, I'm writing a story where the character visits a museum. Does she visit: the mammal exhibit the mammals exhibit the mammals' exhibit
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Adding a possessive to a singular noun phrase that ends in a plural noun

Which of these sentences is correct: "The clock under the curtains' hour hand broke off", or "The clock under the curtains's hour hand broke off"? The actual thing being made possessive, "The clock ...
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An hour's time… or so [duplicate]

It is acceptable in English to say "an hour's time", where the hour seems to possess the time, as explained here. It is also acceptable to say an "hour or so" where I assume that the "or so" is an ...
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Plural Possessive (With Mom and Dad's Love) [duplicate]

What is the best way to say "With Mom and Dad's Love" With Mom and Dad's Love With Mom's and Dad's Love Option 1 sounds better, but I guess you could interpret that as Mom the person and Dad's love.
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Apostrophes in a list of people

Imagine that a boat belonged to three separate people, who each paid an equal share for the boat. Which one is correct? "That is Kyle, Joey, and Mark's boat." "That is Kyle's, Joey's, and Mark's boat....
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Do I add “ ’s ” after the number on a pope/king’s name? (e.g. Pope Paul VI’s)

Which of these is it supposed to be? Pope Paul VI's or Pope Paul's VI I know that the second one sounds funny (and silly), but isn't the number technically not a part of the pope's name?
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The [City] station vs [City] station ~ Definite article

I have an easy question about the usage of the definite article in a context like: " the station of [City name]" What are the differences between these sentences? A) The station of Rome is one of ...
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Post genitive usage

I am writing an introduction to a mathematical text and have to convey the authorship of certain ideas and theorems. However, I am unsure which of the phrases I wanted to use are actually proper ...
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is withs or with's correct [duplicate]

In the phrase 'The person I'm in contact withs name is Dan Smith' is this correct or is it with's or is if it wrong altogether what should it be.
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You're both of us' child / You're both of our child / You're both of ours child - Why are these all ungrammatical?

There was an interesting question on our sister site ELL: Is “Both of our child” valid? Suppose a kid asks their mother "Am I your child or Dad's child?": Why are the alternatives in the title ...
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“Brazilian's army's ammo supply”: is it right to use apostrophes on two consecutive nouns like this?

Would it be right to write "Brazilian's army's ammo supply is low."? Two consecutive apostrophes looks weird.
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Possessive past participle adjective?

I can't get this lyric out of my head: when the man you've scripted's hands are lifted to the sky — Darwin Deez, "Free" It seems so grammatically wrong, but I'm not sure. I can't pinpoint ...
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Why is there an apostrophe followed by “s” in “Miss Sullivan’s having a sister”? [duplicate]

In this sentence: Cherry had never conceived of Miss Sullivan’s having a sister. Why is there an ’s right after Miss Sullivan?
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showing possession for inanimate

There are some exceptions to using ’s for showing possession for inanimate nouns. For example, it isn’t correct to write door’s handle but today’s world is correct. Could you please explain more ...
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What is the possessive form of blocked?

What is the possessive form of blocked when used as a verb. For example: Remove the friend I blocked’s material.
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Possessive: Doctors Surgery or Doctor's Surgery?

I'm a primary school teacher and have just printed off some material based on the doctor(')s surgery. I would have put an apostrophe into this as the surgery belongs to the doctor however, I've looked ...
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What is the correct way to show tiered possession?

When there are multiple places where possession is shown, how are the words structured? A few examples: Greg's son's laptop is on fire. Mary's friends' boat is sinking. Thomas's neighbor's cat ate a ...
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Can your's ever be used? [duplicate]

I have a specific sentence in which I feel inclined to use "your's" but in not sure if it's correct. Then sentence is: "Every story has a beginning - This is your's." What "your's" stand for here is ...