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Why is the possessivee case not used in names such as Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune or The New York Times? [duplicate]

Why is the possessive case not used in names such as Boston Globe (as opposed to Boston's Globe), Chicago Tribune or The New York Times? I imagine that in the case of The New York Times the absence of ...
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Someone’s home—his, hers, mine?

When I say “we’re staying at his/hers”, it means that we’re staying at his or her home. Can I say “we’re staying at mine” which I refer to my home?
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My thought about how “the X of Y” can be used. Can you help me check it?

Down below is my thought about how "the X of Y" can be used. Can you help me check if my understanding is grammatically correct? I think this post might help other learners. The structure &...
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Do we need an aphostrope when using “fan”?

The title is clear enough I guess, do we use an aphostrope, for instance fans of Mike, is it Mike's fans or Mike fans?
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Which one goes after “the”? Possessive or superlative?

I'm trying to construct a sentence, combining possessive and superlative, but confused about the correct placement. Here's my attempt, tell me which one is correct and why between these two below, ...
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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

Is the bold part of the sentence correct or shall I use "of structure" as in the second example. The current study attempts to bridge this gap in ethical misconduct research and address the ...
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Can I use the pronoun “who” immediately after a possessive noun?

Example: The chair was Peter's, who would never again sit at this table. There is no ambiguity in this sentence - "who" can only refer to Peter. Yet, I'm not sure if it sounds right. Is ...
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Possessive pronoun and object

Definition of their: of or relating to them or themselves especially as possessors, agents, or objects of an action If I assist them, can I say their assistance (as object of an action)?
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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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Is the possessive 's pronounced s or z?

Is 's as a possessive pronounced as /s/ or /z/ at the end of words? Such as in "Muhammad's house".
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…anxieties about us/our having any more downtime

In some cases that a pronoun is a subject which is followed by a verb follows a preposition. Then the subject is changed into possessive determiners. But I read a sentence A. A. On the other there's ...
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“gray fox heads” or “gray foxes' heads”

The hunter hid the gray fox heads below the bed. The hunter hid the gray foxes' heads below the bed. I am wondering if gray fox can be singular or not. Is this ok to use the singular when used as an ...
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Possessive noun in a name of something

I've seen many times in journals and books, they (the writers) omitted the possessive noun in a name of something (methods, rules, problems, etc.). Look at these examples: Coombs method/Coombs' ...
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singular nouns after a plural possessive form

This is perhaps a bit of a strange question, but it's bugging me no end. I know that it is acceptable to use both a singular and a plural noun after a plural possessive, e.g. "..this influences ...
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Is ‘I want to meet your enemy’ ambiguous?

‘I want to meet your enemy’ can mean?: You are not an enemy You are an enemy (like ‘your majesty’ means you are a majesty)
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What is the difference between using these two structures (Noun + noun or ('s + noun) )?

Should I say "a boy's name" or "a boy name"? and if both are correct, then what is the difference?
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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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Which possessive should I use when referring to the car of a friend?

Is this sentence correct? This is John's car, a friend of mine. Or do I need to say this? This is John, my friend's car.
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Can I use “box of chocolates” and “chocolate box” interchangeably?

The same with "list of cities" vs "city list", or "list of users" vs "user list", etc.
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Mine and Riley's lives …My and Riley's lives …Riley and my lives?

You have made a difference in mine and Riley's lives ... or You have made a difference in my and Riley's lives ... or You have made a difference in Riley's and my lives Not sure what to use here.
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“A car of the family” to mean “one of the family's car”?

Can we use the below expressions to mean "one of...." (1) A car of the family to mean one of the family's cars? (2) A hat of the man to mean one of the man's hats? (3) A son of the old ...
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Is “I visited grandparents.” right?

Is "I visited grandparents." right? I think we say "I visited my grandparents." However, if I don't use 'my', is it right grammatically?
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Possessive for three-word company name

How do you use the possessive (apostrophe) with a company's name that consists of 3 words? For example, Barnacle Caribbean Cruises' complaint Is this correct?
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Is it OK to follow a possessive determiner by the word “such”?

A file whose filename ends with a date-and-time suffix that is separated by @ is a copy that is created to compare it later with the current version of the file and with other such copies of that file ...
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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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What are the rules for using : it's or its?

I am often corrected on StackExchange for writing it's instead of its Few minutes ago : I start a game by it's shortcut ==> I start a game by its shortcut I am (quite) sure that when I was young, I'...
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Which usage is better?: “the beautiful voice of a woman” or “a woman's beautiful voice”

Are both of these sentences grammatically correct? a. He heard singing from the other room. It was a woman's beautiful voice. b. He heard singing from the other room. It was the beautiful voice of a ...
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order using the English possessive

I think it is a pretty simple question. I am not sure which sentence sounds better: Please send me the last two file's pages. Please send me the file's last two pages Would a sentence without using ...
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Can articles modify adjectives?

I came across a sentence where a modifier seemed to be modifying an possessive adjective. These are not the same sentences but they work similarly (the article's and adjectives I'm wondering about are ...
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Why are there three pronunciations for the plural “-s”?

I know all the pronunciation rules for the plural -s endings. After a voiced sound, it is z, after an unvoiced one it is s, after s, sh, ch it is iz. In phonetic notation, respectively, /z/, /s/, /ɪz/....
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enough lawyers' files

a. If you examine enough of our lawyers' files, you'll get a pretty good idea of how the legal system works. b. If you examine enough lawyers' files, you'll get a pretty good idea of how the legal ...
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use of 'all' with a possessive adjective

What is the right way to use the determiner 'all' with a possessive adjective e.g. my, your, etc? What is placed first? all or P. Adj? A. His all habits were unique. B. All his habits were unique. Is ...
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Do these mean the same thing?

Do these have the same meaning: Their perspective about me is...../ of me is..... The perspective of theirs about me is...../ of me is..... His book was on the table yesterday. The book of his was ...
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God's forgiveness

The genitive 's refers to what belongs to you. I say Jack's car. I mean the car belongs to Jack. I could also say, 'his car' using possessive adjective. My question is about 'God's forgiveness'. It is ...
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How to pronounce “Moderators's”?

If I want to use the plural of "moderator" and also add the apostrophe plus S, how do I pronounce it? How do native speakers pronounce it? Moderators = moderatorz Moderators's = ...
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What pronoun should we use here: men are encouraged to be more open with “our” feelings

Here is a paragraph from the Cambridge Dictionary blog: As men are now being encouraged to talk more and be more open with our feelings, there seems to be a correlation with the rise of the ‘mancom’. ...
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Why do we say AWS service and not service of AWS?

Why do we say in English things like a Facebook post, an AWS service, the Silicon Valley, etc.? In Portuguese, we would say "A post of Facebook", "a service of AWS", and "the ...
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If I were you I would tell my/your friends to respect my/your boundaries. How to choose the correct possessive pronouns in this structure?

Assuming your sibling telling you that his friends do not respect his boundaries, what would be your answer using the "If I were you..." structure? I see native speakers saying something ...
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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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'Saxon genitives' and 'of genitive'

Consider the following expression. The book's page Which of the following rewording express the above mentioned phrase correctly and in which contexts? A page of the book The page of the book Note:...
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How to say “whoever's”?

Please look at the following example: If someone asks me to not upvote a question (suppose) and I want to tell them in response that "I will upvote whoever's question I want". How to express ...
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Several years experience or Several years'experience

Several years experience or Several years'experience. Is the possessive apostrophe needed?
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Possessive pronoun

Which is/are correct - My watch is better than your one. My watch is better than yours. My watch is better than that of yours.
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How to use “ 's ” correctly?

Could you tell me if the phrase The rice's price sharply raised in Brazil is correct? I have a doubt regarding the 's. Can I use it as I wrote above?
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Should I use 'of' or not? “Plays of Shakespeare” vs “Shakespeare's plays”

When should one use the following one over another? The plays of Shakespeare will always be classics. Shakespeare's plays will always be classics.
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Word to combine brother-in-law and sister-in-law?

Imagine the following scenario: Ronald and Alana are a couple. Jono and Daisy are a couple. Jono is Alana's brother. What would be the correct way to say the following phrase? We are Ronald and Alana,...
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which sentence is better? using possesive structure or 'of'

A: The increasing air pollution in Singapore is due in part to its neighbouring developing countries’ high dependence on fossil fuels. B: The increasing air pollution in Singapore is due in part to ...
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How to pronounce “Stannis's”?

I know that the "s" becomes "z" when it comes after a voiced sound. And it is pronounced as "s" when it comes after a voiceless sound. I also know rules about possessives ...

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