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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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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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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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“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 ...
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Using “I's” rather than “mine”

In a sentence, if I want to say "the items of my family and I ", can I say it in this way: my family and I's items or is the correct replacement "mine". Can an explanation to why "I's" is correct or ...
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Is apostrophe is to be put or not: “it will be sent to your address as an official representative'(?)s”?

I was writing an e-mail and stuck on this part: "...a certificate will be sent to your address as the local representative’s." I have doubts about the apostrophe. Actually I did sent e-mail ...
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Genitive s for objects [duplicate]

If you say the aim of Ben, you can also say Ben's aim. If you say the objective of the project (which is not a person but an object), do you say the project's objective or the projects objective?
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When can't we shorten It is to It's

I have noticed that in some cases people write it is while in others it's. And in some cases you just cannot write it's. Is that your book over there? Maybe it is. It's a beautiful flower. Yes, it is,...
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Why are apostrophes used when omitting letters in words like “'em” or “ridin'”?

The apostrophe in English is a very valuable sign. I want to know about the way it is used to omit letters of a word. I often see authors omitting letters in dialogues (in books, articles, blogs, ...
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How to pronounce “two boys' families”?

How to pronounce "two boys' families"? "two boyses family" or "two boys families"?
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Can a possessive S be attached to nouns that are not human beings (or animals)?

Can a possessive S be attached to nouns that are not human beings (or animals)? For example, instead of saying "the back of the chair", can I say "the chair's back"? I remember learning that not ...
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Apostrophe for possession in decades?

Do you use an apostrophe for possession in decades--not for plurals, just possession, as in "a 1960s style," that is, "a style of the 1960s"?
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Pluralization of an Plural Proper Noun (Organization)

I work for the University of Southern California's USC Games department. How would I indicate possessive ownership of items belonging to that department. Is USC Games' student developers ...
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Possessive apostrophe s and definite article

I wrote: The value can be a constant value (numbers or strings), a node’s attribute prefixed with @ symbol... by a node's attribute I mean an attribute of the node. Did it mean what I expect? How ...
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“This gift's for you” to mean “This gift is for you”

Is it grammatically correct to write: This gift's for you meaning "This gift is for you"? Some say that I can't use 's in this way after a noun. After a noun it would be considered as ...
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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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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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Why is there an apostrophe after years

I'm reading an wikipedia article: (...) was sentenced to five years' probation and one year in the House of Correction (...) Why five years' has an apostrophe? What does that sentence mean?
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What does `'s` mean in “What CPU's will it run on?”?

Does it indicate a possessive adjective or just a plural noun? If noun, why it is not CPUs (without apostrophe)?
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Is it supposed to be Johns game or John's game?

I am confused between these two and wanted to know which sentence to use: 1)I was working as a developer on Johns game. 2)I was working as a developer on John's game. From the little research ...
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Why can't we put there's , it's , etc at the end of a sentence?

I did not found any error though my teacher told there's. Why is it grammatically incorrect?
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Apostrophes use in possessive forms

Would it be correct to use an apostrophe in this sentence: High variations in dogs' diet may induce health issues.
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Usage of the 's [duplicate]

Should I use Video options or Video's options when referring to a few video properties that can be edited?
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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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Can you tell me about the use of the hyphen and apostrophe in these sentences?

Virat-ton brings the team to the semifinals. Potato prices have risen up sharply. The first sentences could say Virat's ton and similarly Potato's prices. Another example: Potato-peels taste ...
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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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The possessive 's in time expressions

Which is the correct answer? I'll be there in a _____ time. A) day or two B) day or two's C) day's or two's
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Where should I put the apostrophe for the word positions?

I feel that my skill set and personality fit the positions responsibilities and requirements perfectly. is it: position's positions or positions' My best guess is position's because of ownership.. ...
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Apostrophe S help or explain

If 's shows possession then wouldn't it be used in the following sentences? I want to buy a car's door. You have broken my computer's screen.
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Is there any rule when replacing apostrophe intead of some letters?

In some English songs I found words like: nothin' 'em gon' 'bout Is there any rule to make words likes that? Is they are formal? Is there any more such examples?
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Apostrophe after University's name?

Is there an apostrophe after the name of my university? I.e. is the apostrophe in this sentence correct? Of these 7 were postgraduate students at the University of Glasgow's School of Computing ...
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why don't we use “-'s” for some nouns that belong to other nouns?

I was wondering why we do not use 's for some nouns that belong to other nouns? For example: book cover or book's cover and house's door or house door Which one is right ?
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Whether to use an apostrophe after 'Games'

Should the following sentence have an apostrophe after 'Games'? I feel like it should as it's referring to plural 'games'. More tickets were applied for than at all previous Paralympic Games ...
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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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Apostrophe placement

Is the apostrophe placement in the next sentence correct? "The girl's basketball team won the championship." Is this correct since the team is acting as one unit?
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Possessive apostrophe use

Is it correct not to use a possessive apostrophe in 1990s icon? I've just read an article where it was omitted. I understand that you don't put an apostrophe in decades/dates when you're saying ...
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“Maiden's of Telford” on the side of a truck: is the apostrophe an error?

"Maiden's of Telford"- is this grammatically correct? I don't think it is as it appears on the side of the company's trucks. But I would be quite happy to be incorrect!
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Singular possessive, plural possessive or neither

For example suppose we record the actions (clicks) a user performs during the use of software. What "the order of actions" is called and what is the meaning of the following choices? action order (...
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“Forecastle/fo'c's'le/fo'c'sle” - number of apostrophes and do you have to contract with speech?

The question is about those two spellings for fo'c's'le / fo'c'sle (that is with two or three apostrophes) to identify missing parts for the word forecastle: (M-W. (2 only), AmDotEL (3 only), Collins ...
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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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Ellipsis with apostrophe?

This is a strophe from one song: "But the times were hard, Lord, the jobs were few all through Tecumseh valley but she asked around and a job she found tending bar at Gypsy Sally's" ...
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The difference between “Chemistry students' group” and “Chemistry student's group”?

I'm not English native speaker, that's why I'd like to understand the following thing: What is the difference between "Chemistry students' group" and "Chemistry student's group"? What is the meaning ...
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a programmer's text editor (sing.), programmer's text editors (pl.) — a noun in the possessive case as an adjective?

Example: You see just because you can work in a plain text editor and it is useful from time to time, doesn't mean you have to and you probably won't want to. Because with a basic text editor you'...
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The body's cells or The body cells?

I'm not native English speaker and I'm confused about the two following options: Should I use the possessive apostrophe or not? Option no.1: They help in carrying oxygen to the body's cells. Option ...
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Should I use an apostrophe for the possessive of “robot”?

I would like to know the correct usage when referring to the personal experience that belongs to a robot, is it: Manifestation of robot's personal experience Manifestation of robot personal ...
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apostrophes - team's size vs. team size [duplicate]

Which form is correct in expressions like this: 1) team's size or 2) team size? And a similar one: 1) actual period length or 2) actual period's length. Is there any rule?
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Genitive Saxon: Do you append apostrophe s ('s) after plurals and words ending with s?

Should the apostrophe and the s of genitive Saxon be used after plural forms or words ending with the letter s? For example: airplanes wings must be defrosted before taking off or airplanes's ...
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How do I attribute adjectives to a brush?

Simple question - say I have a paint brush and I want to state the color that the brush will use for painting, do I say The brush's color is red or The brushes color is red My reasoning is: ...
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A Case of Apostrophe

I was reading this short article on "A Tour of Edinburgh" when I came to "The Royal Mile" and "John Knox's House". As the article had not offered very much details about those places, I decided to ...