Suppose I want to assert that the car owned by Tom is blue. That's pretty simple; I could say:

Tom's car is blue.

OK, but that is for a single owner. But suppose the car were owned by more than one person; by Tom, Dick, and Harry, say.

How would I use that same general form for multiple owners?

Would it be:

Tom's, Dick's and Harry's car is blue.


Tom, Dick, and Harry's car is blue.

or what?

And then suppose I, not Harry, were the third owner.

What would then be the correct form for multiple owners, where one of them is the person making the statement?

Would it be:

Tom's, Dick's, and my car is blue.


Tom, Dick, and my car is blue.

or perhaps even:

Tom's, Dick, and my car is blue.

or what?

Also: what rule(s) of grammar govern this kind of thing?


  • Your "pretty simple" answer at the top is wrong. best to start off correctly. "Tom's car needs repairing" or "Tom's car needs to be repaired" Feb 27, 2020 at 21:47
  • Thanks for answering, but that is a wee bit of distraction! ;-) I've modified my question to focus people on the intended point of my question.
    – tkp
    Feb 28, 2020 at 20:25
  • It does not help to say that an answer does not do what you asked for when in fact it does do exactly that.
    – Lambie
    Mar 6, 2020 at 18:12

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One car, two owners:

  • Tom and Harry's car needs repairing.

Two cars, two owners:

  • Tom's car and Harry's car need repairing.

Some like: Tom's and Harry's

One car, three owners:

Tom, Dick and Harry's car needs repairing.

Three cars, three owners:

  • Tom's car, Harry's car and Dick's car need repairing.

In speech, we often do this: Tom's car, Harry's and Dick's need repairing.

As for two people and a pronoun, we would generally use a different form:

- Tom and Harry's car is blue, so is mine.
- Tom's car, Harry's car and my car are blue.

Did I cover all the cases? :)

"Multiple owners": The limit one would use generally is three. three is multiple in that sense.

  • Well you re-stated one of the cases I’d mentioned, omitted the rest, and then threw in some of your own. I’m not sure how I could make this question any clearer: it is about multiple owners of a single owned object — in this case a car. It is NOT about multiple owned objects, yet so far that’s what most folk appear to be focusing on.
    – tkp
    Feb 29, 2020 at 7:11
  • @tkp "it is about multiple owners of a single owned object"= See one car, three owners in my answer. One car= a single object owned by three people are the most one would use. You call that "multiple" owners. And I also gave you the color thing with pronoun my and two other people. I really did not omit anything and consider that I have answered your question to a T and only added anything as contrast i.e. the two owners and two objects.
    – Lambie
    Feb 29, 2020 at 16:55

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