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Can you write "... me's" (the possessive)?

"The person behind me's breathing" is called a "group genitive". Grammarian Richard Nordquist states in his introduction to the topic on ThoughtCo: In English grammar, the group ...
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Why does Kipling use an apostrophe on 'rickshaw?

According to the OED, Rickshaw is from the Japanese jinrikisha A light two-wheeled hooded vehicle having springs and two shafts, drawn by one or more men. First used in Japan c1870, but now common in ...
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"Aliens, whose appearance mirrored human’s, appeared..."

Your friend's sentence is indeed not grammatical English. However, all of the variations below can be correct, with subtle differences in meaning: "Aliens, whose appearance mirrored humans' [...
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"Aliens, whose appearance mirrored human’s, appeared..."

"The appearance of the aliens mirrored the appearance of humans", so it should be humans' with an apostrophe.
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There is a brand of ale in the United Kingdom called Farmers Ale, with no apostrophe on farmers. Is this correct?

The New Fowler's Modern English Usage (Revised by R. Burchfield 1998) has the following extract in its section on apostrophes: Relinquishment of the apostrophe Since about 1900, many business firms, ...
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How to write the possessive of a proper noun that ends in a plural noun?

This is between you and your style guide of choice. Mine is The Chicago Manual of Style, so I would go with the rule for “a plural form ending in s . . . even though the entity is singular”: the ...
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"Aliens, whose appearance mirrored human’s, appeared..."

I’ll play the Devil’s advocate here . . . Possession is unnecessary. (sorry!) mirror v. 3.a. transitive. To reflect or reproduce accurately; to represent or express (an idea, emotion, etc.). Also: to ...
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"Aliens, whose appearance mirrored human’s, appeared..."

Conventionally, both "human" and "humans" should be correct, but you have to keep in mind if you decide to go with the singular form, don't forget an "a" before "...
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"Nikki's and Alice's cars" vs. "Nikki and Alice's cars"

This mostly echoes what else is written here, but here's a source with a clearly stated distinction: Purdue's OWL says: add 's to the plural forms that do not end in -s: the children's game the ...
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There is a brand of ale in the United Kingdom called Farmers Ale, with no apostrophe on farmers. Is this correct?

The construction normally uses an apostrophe as in the following two examples. Green Book Standards If Soldiers’ duties prevent them from conducting PRT during these hours, commanders will establish ...
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There is a brand of ale in the United Kingdom called Farmers Ale, with no apostrophe on farmers. Is this correct?

Trade names have no grammar rules. You can call a product or business whatever you want and you can punctuate or spell the name however you wish.
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Can you write "... me's" (the possessive)?

People might say it colloquially, but it doesn't really sound right. If you think about it as "the-person-behind-me" being one object, then it seems like it could technically be correct, but ...
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Is Lewis Carroll correct in his suggestion on some abbreviations?

'traveler' IS the official spelling in American English. Likewise with other verbs (and other words) ending in 'l' when a suffix is added (-er, -ed, -ing, -ous, etc) where British English doubles the '...
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four books' long

The Apologos of Odysseus, four books' long, is... Please do not dismiss this usage out of hand. And yet it deserves to be dismissed out of hand. What follows the genitive should be a noun of some ...
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