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Should "do its thing" have an apostrophe? [closed]

Press the button and let it do its thing. Should the "its" have an apostrophe?
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What does “a'walking” mean?

The title of Elvis Presley’s song: The girl next door went a'walking. What does a’ mean?
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Bob Marley music or Bob Marley's music

Which of these sentences would you say? I think they're both idiomatic. What's the difference between them? I listen to Bob Marley music. or I listen to Bob Marley's music.
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Apostrophe on hours’ or not [duplicate]

Can someone tell me if “We can call out within 24 hours' notice or can arrange a day that best suits you.” Is grammatically correct with the apostrophe after the ‘s’ on the word hours? Or would there ...
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Title with apostrophe

If I say my title is: Vice President’s ServiceNow Developer This implies that I work for the vice president, as a ServiceNow developer, kinda like an assistant, right? My thought the experiment was to ...
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Using 's for "ancestors"

Majumder grew up in the house of his _______. ancestors' ancestor Which one of these should I use?
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Is the apostrophe in the title "Demon's souls" misused?

The title for the game as advertised is Demon's Souls, which in my understanding translates to "Demon is souls" which is relatively wrong, I think. Rather it should be written like Demons ...
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If I want to avoid the possessive apostrophe, could I write "John his new tires are great" instead of "John's tires are great"?

How to rewrite a sentence to avoid the possessive apostrophe? Why? I have been told to avoid apostrophes altogether for international English as it's confusing. This is easily done for contractions ...
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Is it apostrophe-s or only the apostrophe for singular nouns ending in -s?

This page gives the following examples of correct punctuation showing possession for singular nouns ending in -s: Thomas's job the bus's arrival James's fiancée Steve Davis's victory VS Socrates' ...
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Apostrophe usage in job titles

Why is apostrophe not used in job titles such as "Production Assistant" or "Production Engineer". My understanding about these roles is that people are part or are members of the ...
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I was at my parents. Vs. I was at my parents'./I was at Chris. vs. I was at Chris's

I am wondering which sentences from the following sentences is correct: I was at my parents. or I was at my parents'. I was at Chris. or I was at Chris's.
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What does the single quotation(') in 'bout mean?

More specifically, I want to know what is the single quotation(') in 'bout means. I know 'bout means about but does that mean we always can use a single quotation for words that start with a vowel? Or ...
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Apostrophe with company names [closed]

How do I say this? Zowie mice are better than Logitech. Zowie's mice are better than Logitech's. Zowies are better than Logitechs.
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Rules for using possessive "s" to describe quantity

I'd like to know how to explain the rules for use of possessive "s" to describe the quantity of something, as in, "two hours' work" to an English learner. This answer at english....
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Should I keep apostrophes in this case?

Do I need to keep apostrophes in the following sentence?: Introduction of the four-day working week worked to everyone's advantage, both the employees' and the company's. Or can I simply drop them?: ...
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Genitive plural opinions! Which is correct: Tomorrow the sister of a university friend of Clare and John is getting married. Or of Clare's and John's? [duplicate]

Native speaker here confused about genitive case. Genitive plural opinions! Which is correct: Tomorrow the sister of a university friend of Clare and John is getting married Tomorrow the sister of a ...
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the use of possessive s with both words before the adjective

which one is correct? should we use apostrophe s with both nouns preceding? I want to know teachers' and students' favorite movies? I want to know teachers and students' favorite movies?
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possessive and adjective form of "the 1920s"

What's the possessive or adjective form of the 1920s? Is it the 1920s' (with an apostrophe following the s)? Most books only talk about the plural form, which I think is a settled issue, but the ...
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Is the possessive of a name that ends in 's' pronounced differently if it refers to a group of people (like a band) instead of a single person? [duplicate]

How do you think names that have the plural "s" should be pronounced when they get the apostrophe? I researched this on the web and I couldn't find any very reliable results. For example, ...
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Sequential Possession

Why do we avoid sequential possession? For example, why don't we write 'My friend's wife's necklace was stolen' Instead we write, 'The necklace of my friend's wife was stolen. '
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Is it "nobody's business but the Turks" or "nobody's business but the Turks'"?

Is it nobody's business but the Turks (it's nobody's business, except that it is the business of the Turks); or is it nobody's business but the Turks' (it's nobody's business, except that it is the ...
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can't understand why 's is in this sentence

In the sentence "Foreign visitors are only allowed one month's residence", why is 's used? I found this sentence in an old version of the Oxford Advanced Learner's dictionary.
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Which is the correct way of writing years - '90-'91 or '90-91?

While writing years (like 1990 to 1991) with apostrophes, should the apostrophe come before both the years (as in '90-'91) or just the first one (as in '90-91)?
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The usage of the apostrophe

Does the usage of the apostrophe in this article headline only occur in formal writing? Because I only see it being used in an article headline. I'm sorry if I'm talking nonsense. Always Sunny’s ...
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January's schedule vs. January schedule

Is it January's schedule or January schedule? I also get confused with whether to include an apostrophe before "bill." This is my January bill or January's bill.
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“My friend’s actual job involves a lot of work” or “The actual job of my friend involves a lot of work”

These two sentences have same meaning. But my question is which one of them is more correct?
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Usage of apostrophe - "it's" versus "its"

Do you write print its value or print it's value? It drives me crazy since I started learning advanced English (Native French speaker here) My reasoning would be its because it is value isn't quite ...
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Is it correct to avoid using apostrophe in this situation?

I want to know whether it is possible to avoid using the apostrophe as suggested in the second option? or it should remain the same as it is in the first option?. Since it is the salute, I'm not sure ...
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Is it allowed to omit apostrophes after `s`?

In this question meaning of the s' explained, but what if I'll say my childrens toys (several kids), i.e. with no ' after s ?
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apostrophe or "of" to show possession

It is stated within my grammar textbook that, "for things, ideas etc., we normally use of to show possession". So for example: The temperature of the water. (Not the water's temperature) ...
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Is this ad at a barber shop worded correctly?

Recently I saw an sign at a barber shop on which I read on bold letters: "Men's only" Is this a correct writing? I think that it has to be "Men only" to make clear that it is a ...
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Which use of possessive is correct "I'm grateful for my mother's love" or "I'm grateful for the love of my mother"?

Which use of possessive is correct "I'm grateful for my mother's love" or "I'm grateful for the love of my mother" ? Or are they both correct, but carry different meaning? I ...
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Using the 'past tense' versus 'past perfect' - Apostrophes

When we are talking about the past actions in general; past tense, or a combination of past, and past perfect is more desirable? Alt. 1 Since the symbolic buildings are the first things that come to ...
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Is it grasses' or grass's? Help with the possessive

I cannot understand where the apostrophe goes when using the possessive. Is it grass's or grasses'? Is it human's or humans'? Thanks in advance,
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That is house of my brother's classmate

Which one is correct to say? That is my brother's classmate house. That is my brother's classmate's house. What's the grammar rule behind this? What's the correct use of apostrophe?
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How do I quote a word that ends with a possessive apostrophe?

What is the correct way to enclose within double quotes a word that ends with a possessive apostrophe? For example: The "professionals'" confidence was badly shaken by the market crash. I used ...
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In one hour’s difference or one hours difference

One hour’s difference or One hours difference My daughters teacher is saying the second but I believe she is wrong
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Possessive Apostrophe

Rorys approach was different, taking a leaf out of one of his favourite games. The game’s most memorable lesson for Rory was blackmail. Is the apostrophe in this case correct?
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When is it okay to write "childrens" or "childrens' " – language hack

Let's make a scenario in which there are two distinctively different entities which are both referenced as "child". The first entity is a group of nodes that are named "children" from the parent ...
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Possession in English

Which is the subject and the verb in the following sentence? This Beach's beauty is startling. I'm reading a book of English grammar and I need to underline the subject and verb.
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Can I use apostrophe s to shorten "is"?

For example, I'd say: The interview's on Monday. Is that grammatically acceptable?
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"I’m a 90s kid/‘90s kid/90’s kid"

I am a 90s kid (or ‘90s kid or 90’s kid). Which one is appropriate here in this sentence?
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possessive apostrophe and THE for academic phrases

I am applying for PhD. In university's site I have seen several possessive phrases which have completely confused me. Which of these are correct? 1- UCI EECS Department / UCI Department of EECS / UCI'...
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Are any possessive apostrophes needed here? "...headphones for their iPhones"

I am a new English learner and need some assistance with understanding when to properly use an apostrophe for showing possession. I have an example sentence: Sophie, Brock, and Hannah all own ...
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Jeans' pocket vs jeans pocket

I always thought "jeans' pocket" was correct. Since you say, "the pocket of his jeans." However, when I searched for "his jeans' pocket" on Google Books, the results returned the version without the ...
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"Titan Dahl's hedge fund's website" vs. "Titan Dahl hedge fund's website"

Titan Dahl's hedge fund's website" or Titan Dahl hedge fund's website Methinks the second is correct. I need to know which of the sentences above is correct as I add plenty of references to an ...
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Saxon genitive: When to use the possessive apostrophe correctly

I know that If both elements are inanimated one can use the preposition of but not necessarily, example: "This is my car door" or "This is the door of my car" As far as I know, it would be wrong to ...
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"The Sergeant over there's wife" is correct?

The sentence below is a line from the movie Inglorious Basterds. The Sergeant over there's wife just had a baby. Is the use of the apostrophe correct? As this is almost my first time seeing an ...
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Two weeks' overdue

I was reading an IELTS model response from the British Council and I saw this: Congratulations! Your little bundle of joy has arrived at last! I had heard from our friend Christie that you were two ...
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When to use 's before noun

What is the rule to solve doubts such as: International law view vs. International law's view Kosovo declaration of independence vs. Kosovo's declaration of independence I have many ...
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