Should the word " bonus " in the following sentence be written as possessive " bonuses' "?

Each element's value is a set of X,Y coordinate pairs of bonuses' location

which means I have a field where bonuses are allocated: enter image description here

and the set I'm talking about contains X,Y coordinate pairs of each circle: {(30,30),(30,90),...}

  • 1
    I don't think it would take the possessive, but I don't really understand what "of bonus" means in that sentence. An X,Y pair identifies a location in a plane, e.g. a pixel, but how does "bonus" come into it?
    – MMacD
    Commented Dec 16, 2016 at 22:59
  • Is there any reason to assume that this instance of "bonus" is a noun? Although many dictionaries define it as such, my native understanding of the word defaults to an adjective interpretation, similar to "extra" or "additional". Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 0:01
  • It's unlikely that bonus would ever take a possessive marking. Also, it might help if we understood it!
    – BillJ
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 7:57
  • Sorry for incomplete information, I updated the question
    – Oscar
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 14:42

1 Answer 1


If the phrase means that each pair could be in a different location then the plural belongs with location -- i.e. locations.

If the phrase means that there is more than one bonus per tuple then it should be "bonuses."

If it indeed it is a plural possessive then it should be "bonuses' location."

  • Thanks for pointing out about plural. I updated the question, could you have a look again, please?
    – Oscar
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 14:43
  • It looks correct, but may still be confusing to the average user. It may be better to rewrite the sentence to: All of the bonuses for each tuple are located at the indicated X,Y coordinate/s. (I used the /s construction because it is still not clear if there is more than one location. : )
    – karyse
    Commented Dec 17, 2016 at 17:51

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .