Questions tagged [apostrophe]

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When a word ends in 's' or 'x', do you add 's or just an '?

1) Alex's house 2) Alex' house When the noun ends with the letter 's' or 'x', do I need to put 's' after an apostrophe or not? I remember I read some rules related to this in my school ...
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What is the difference between S' and 'S?

What is the difference between S' and 'S? When can we use S' and when can we use 'S??
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Dine at our uncle's (home/house)

Is it necessary to use a noun (home/house/place/restaurant) after the word "uncle's" in this sentence? Tomorrow, we shall dine at our uncle's. Isn't it correct?
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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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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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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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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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“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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How to use an apostrophe for two or more names?

In this sentence: In Fermat, Lagrange, Newton and Gauss studies [...]. Where should we put the apostrophe? The complete sentence is here: Besides Fermat, Lagrange, Newton and Gauss' studies ...
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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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“This's” instead of “this is”

Is it popular to contract "this is" to "this's"? Or is it better to keep the full form? This's where we'll go tomorrow. Or This is where we'll go tomorrow.
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Is it ok to say “Improved the RBT's deletion operation's implementation”?

I've had this question more than once, and that is, when I'm referring to "something which belongs to something which belongs to something else". For example, in the following phrase I'm referring to ...
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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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Why do we use possessive for a pronoun but not an apostrophe for its noun?

I know that it is correct to say: The table handle is rugged. When the noun table is replaced by its pronoun, then: Its handle is rugged. But why don't we say something like: The table's ...
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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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“24 hours' notice” or “24 hours notice”?

Which one is correct? 1: Well, you canceled on Tuesday and our policy is 24 hours' notice for all cancellations. 2: Well, you canceled on Tuesday and our policy is 24 hours notice for all ...
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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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Genitive Case, when use apostrophe and why not allways

I'm writing an article about computer science and I have the following problems: Is method's name the same as method name? Is attribute’s name the same as attribute name? Is property's name the ...
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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 ...
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Girls Under 12 Champions. [closed]

Should there be an apostrophe in girls in the expression “Girls Under 12 Champions”
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Peeves’ or Peeves’s?

Why would Filch from Harry Potter 2 say: “… go now, I have to write up Peeves’ report … go …” Would saying Peeves’s have been a mistake?
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Why some characters are replaced by apostrophe by native English writers?

I see words like stayin' , livin' , 'eck , 'our. The first word I saw in the song, Staying alive.
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possessive apostrophe for two things or persons

What is the difference between the two sentences below? Are they the same or different in meaning? Jack and Laura's new house is almost ready. Jack's and Laura's new house is almost ready. To ...
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Use of '“s” only in possession? [duplicate]

I am writing a scientific paper and I wonder if 's is only used refering to a possession. For example, I think "bird's feathers" is a correct expression, but I wonder if "bird's exposure", meaning ...
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I'm going to the dry cleaner's - why the apostrophe S? [duplicate]

"Dave's car" means the "car of Dave". But why do we need the apostrophe S in: I'm going to the dry cleaner's ? Is there another way to say this phrase? For example: I'm going to the establishment ...
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What does “robbin” mean here?

Doctor Who: The Stone Rose 'What? It can't be that bad, can it? You've not been robbin' it or something? Or you been seeing one of the girls in the gift shop and you don't wanna tell me about ...
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Are possessive nouns with apostrophe plural?

The center's much-hyped attempt to privatise Air India by disinvesting 74 percent equity has come a cropper. I am still not able to understand how "attempt" is considered as noun rather then verb. ...
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Apostrophe Usage Around Words?

"The Canadian smiled at his opponent as they went to their corners. It was not a smile that said, ‘I got this now.’" In ‘I got this now.’, what seems a grammatical reason for this (apostrophes)? Why, ...
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Is it possible to form possessive just changing the order?

I saw this two examples: The emperor of China and China's emperor. Is it possible to say: "China emperor" without the apostrophe? I saw some examples in ficcion books, like: The England's king ...
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Why is there no apostrophe in “NEW YEAR MESSAGES”?

Normally, we say NEW YEAR's RESOLUTIONS but when it comes to saying NEW YEAR MESSAGES where does that little apostrophe go from "YEAR"?
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Can 's express plural?

There's a sentence in my textbook: My sister got A's in her final exam. Shouldn't be As instead in this case? Can 's also be a kind of stylish for the plural?
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Is a possessive apostrophe required after minutes in “After a few minutes' use…”?

Wondering if a possessive apostrophe is correct after 'minutes' in the sentence: "After a few minutes' use, the hairdryer stopped working."? I know it's correct to have one in the sentence "In a few ...
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Question of apostrophe

I already asked similar question in the following: meaning of plural of plural v.s. singular of plural. For example, when I want to express crash among many cars, I used cars' crashing. However, in ...
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Her parents gave away the prizes to our school (school's?) children

Is it all right to say : Her parents gave away the prizes to our school children. Or I need to add apostrophe with school ?
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People names or people's names?

Which is correct: Of all the people names in all the world's countries, the most common is Muhammad. Of all the people's names in all the world's countries, the most common is Muhammad.
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Is apostrophe correct in teachers day?

Source For the compound noun teachers day, some people call it teacher day and some other call it teachers' day. However, I believe that apostrophe implies possession and so as a day cannot be ...
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where does the apostrophe go in this sentence?

Where would the apostrophe go in: 'he dedicated his days to...' Would it be days, day's or days'? Thank you.
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Singular / plural adjective [closed]

What is basically difference between adding a apostrophe to a singular adjective ghost like ghost's and without it like ghosts
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Plural form of “brother-in-law” when a possessive case is involved

1) My brother's friend's opinions 2) My brothers' friend's opinions I hope "1" and "2" are pretty clear and correct. Now, let us suppose that the brother in "1" is a brother-in-law and that all ...
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Where to place the 's

I have the following long sentence : If one of those promotions has a name that matches xxx, ... I would rather write it shortly : If one of those' name matches xxx, ... My question is : what ...
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“A patients guide” or “A patient's guide”?

I am working on one of my employer's websites, and we have a video guide up for patients of how a particular procedure works. The guide was previously titled "A patients guide to [X]", but I have ...
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Where do I put an apostrophe in the word “datas”?

I'm writing a sentence: "Check the data's properties." Is that apostrophe in the right place? Since data is a plural (of datum, right?) I wonder if it should be datas' and not data's. Or does it ...