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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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“Someone else's”, “Someone's else”, and “Someone else's one”

For example: -- You should move your car out of the way. -- This is not my car but someone else's car. I want to get rid of the redundancy in the sentence which is presented by the second "...
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Use of possessive apostrophe with “every”

In the following sentence, can anyone tell me where the apostrophe should be placed please? Every coders' worst nightmare Every coder's worst nightmare I have a feeling that the second sentence is ...
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Sister's vs. Sisters'

Question regarding the use of apostrophe/ownership in the case of twins. Noun: The Night Sisters (who constitute a twin object). Sentence: Mary tended John throughout the Night Sisters passing. ...
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..eating a pig's head..why not “pig head”?

In my grammar book, the following is stated: 2.5 animals 1. Use ’s when referring to the parts of the body of a living animal. 2. Use ’s when referring to the products of living animals. 3. ...
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Where do you put an Apostrophe in this sentence

This position will play a key role in the Universities fundraising strategies.
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The Smith's paper vs the Parkinson's foundation

Following grammar rules I know (quoting): The ’s is placed immediately after the last letter of the author (or name, country, etc.). Note: do not use the before the name of the author. .. ...
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Where does the apostrophe go in “participant(s) ratings”?

Which of the following sentences is correct? I'm unsure regarding the participant(s). Figures showing the distribution of the participants' ratings on the math tasks. Figures showing the ...
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Apostrophes and “of”

hello, I know that we cannot use "of" with names, my book says " Tina's cat" is correct but "the cat of Tina" is not correct. but what about the screenshot? "the army of John Sena" or "the ...
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She's someone's sister vs. She's someones' sister

I recently found on a website a picture from a gathering. An individual had a sign saying She's someone's sister. As a non-native English speaker, I'm wondering why isn't She's someones' sister the ...
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Apostrophes in Time expressions with articles

Reading a book called "English for Academic Research" from A. Wallwork, he mentiones this: The genitive is used when a time period is used adjectivally. 2. The genitive is not used when time ...
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sheep's opinion or opinion of the sheep

This is a famous game of thrones quote: The lion does not concern himself with the opinion of the sheep. what is the difference between this sentence and this sentence: The lion does not ...
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“Your face looks like my sister's friend face” or “my sister's friend”?

Which sentence should I use to show that she has the same face and should I use feature instead of face? "Your face looks like my sister's friend face" or just "Your face looks like my sister'...
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Parenthesis with apostrophe, how to order and how to space?

I have a very simple phrase: I want to introduce Adam's kid I want to insert a pair of parentheses for Adam, say, should be like this: I want to introduce Adam (my friend)'s kid But I'm not ...
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Where should the apostrophe go in “Cas's Cookies”?

My name is Cas and I make cookies to sell. I call my little enterprise Cas's Cookies. Is this the proper use of an apostrophe? If I put the apostrophe after the second s then it changes my name to ...
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Professor of Botany's research - is it a weird apostrophe?

It was professor of Botany's research and not Biology's. Can an apostrophe be used like that? Obviously, I'm talking about the research that was conducted by the professor of Botany and not Biology ...