I haven't the foggiest how to express this basic idea correctly in English:

The meaning is "the trip that Paul and I will make to London". So, is "Paul and I's trip to London" or "Paul and mine trip to London" or "Paul and my trip to London".

Thanks chaps. PS I'm a native speaker!


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The Chicago Manual of Style says that when talking about something owned by, or associated with, another person and oneself, it is "polite" as well as grammatical to put oneself last:

Paul's and my trip to London.


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    I found Michael Harvey's answer downvoted and I upvoted it as correct - if somewhat brief. The difference between the first and second answers appears to hinge upon whether the two nouns concerned share possession of an object - as explained in Englishmonger's link. This question might well be open to interpretation. Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 19:05

When Multiple nouns have single ownership the possessive form is applicable to the second noun.

David and John's adventures are hilarious.

In the sentence choosen by the OP, one is a noun and the other is pronoun in a possessive case.

We can not say paul and mine adventures.

So the correct option seems to be:

Paul and my trip to London

Here we can not say Paul trip to London or My trip to London.. They are going together. So it is correct say Paul and my trip rather than Paul's and my trip to London. We can not say Jack's and jill's adventures.

Here is a link which explains the rules:


  • Paul and my trip? Really? Would you say "Paul trip to London"? Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 18:31
  • @ Michael Harvey. If there are two nouns, the possessive is applicable to the last.Please see the link.Different links say differently. Can we say jack adventures? Jack and Jill's adventured Commented Nov 5, 2019 at 18:41

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