Questions tagged [apostrophe]

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Possessive of a possessive

Apostrophe or apostrophe + s is used to show possession; e.g. StackExchange's English Language Learners or Webmasters' favorite, just to name a few examples. But what if a proper noun ends in ...
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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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Something a 'stone's throw away' from something - what's an apostrophe and an article doing there?

Mike's house is just a stone's throw away from mine. This means Mike is living next door. Stone's throw away is an idiom to say something is quite near or at a very short distance. I understand ...
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The rule for ownership s

My question is about the ownership s. It's, is there any clear rule about when we should add the ownership s to words please?
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How many apostrophes are allowed in a sentence?

I can think of this sentence - (Don't touch that) That is my brother's company's CEO's son's dog's toy. - I can still come up with many more apostrophes! ;) Is there any rule that talks about the ...
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When is “'s” needed after a possessive “of”? [duplicate]

From a dictionary and a usage guide, I learnt that these phrases are OK: the home of a schoolteacher the sister of the Duke of Urbino a friend of my mother's a cousin of Lorna Cook'...
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Did my sister state these properly?

The girl's clothes are more expensive than the boys. The camel is called as the ship of the dessert. My sister said these things; are they correct? I'm wondering if the grammar is correct ...
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Possessives for renting etc.?

As a German willing to learn the English rules for apostrophes, I am confused about using it for possessives because I don't know what is exactly a possessive. Is it only for objects which someone ...
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Apostrophe. Is it correct to use it here?

Where’s John? - He’s gone to the baker’s. Why is an apostrophe used here? What does it mean after putting an apostrophe? Please explain. I am talking about the last one.
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What are the correct uses of Apostrophe? [duplicate]

The following use of apostrophe is correct. Gita is Sita's sister. But suppose Sita is name of two twin sisters and Gita is their younger sister. So how should we write that? 1) Gita is Sitas' ...
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How do I spell the possessive form of children?

In the sentence below, are the usages of apostrophes correct? In research about parent stereotypes, the correlation between parents’ beliefs about their early elementary age children’s’ mathematics ...
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Do decades ever get apostrophes?

In researching whether to write 1960s or 1960's, I have found several sources stating that 1960s is correct: one, two, three. On the other hand, this source states that: In British usage, we do ...
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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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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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Why is the apostrophe put before Atta boy?

"Little tyke wants his money's worth, just like his father. 'Atta boy, Dudley!" He ruffled Dudley's hair. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) Why is the apostrophe put before Atta boy?
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“arm[']s['][-]length negotiations”

Which one of the following versions is correct? arms-length negotiations; arm's-length negotiations; arms'-length negotiations; arms length negotiations; arm's length negotiations; arms' length ...

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