Questions tagged [possessives]

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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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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”? [duplicate]

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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Are these grammatically correct?

I am trying to learn if i can use possessives in a chain. Are my sentences correct and if not how can i make them so? "Father of John's pen is an antique."? (what i meant: "John's dad ...
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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"?

Or are they both correct, but carry different meaning? I would say "my mother's love" but I can't find a logical explanation for that. Can anyone help me? Possessive case always confuses me, ...
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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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Translations of older or historical professions from German

Should the German term "Bauernvogt", literally meaning "peasants' bailiff" be kept as "Bauernvogt", translated to "peasants' vogt", "vogt of peasantry"...
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Troubles of life vs life's troubles

What's the difference in meaning between the following sentences: 1 Troubles of life can sometimes leave us with a frown. 2 life's troubles can sometimes leave us with a frown.
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Would this be the correct way to refer to two authors' separate books as one book, “Author 1 and Author 2's Books”?

Say I have two authors that each wrote a book (not together) and I want to refer to both of them in one sentence while lumping their books into one noun, should I put an apostrophe right after the ...
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Classifying genitive

‎Can we use genitive constructions in sentences like this: The cat loved Jill with all his cat's heart; ...or should it be "with all his cat heart"? Thank you!
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Connotation meant by “B of A” and “A's B”. What would be the differences?

Do you agree with the interpretation of the following three example sentences? I don't want to be involved in the problems of my boss.The boss probably deals with some problems. e.g. slow sales, ...
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Doubts about genitive case

I'm a portuguese speaker who loves English. I've seen on a website the following affirmation: The content of the website. You can also say, "the website content", or "the website's ...
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How can I combine this a couple of statements, using possessive with a gerund?

He plays his MP3 player in the library. I don't appreciate that. While not being sure, I just guess it should be like below: I do not appreciate his playing his MP3 player in the library.
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Using 's when saying something 'is'

I've just said to a friend "That cloud's looking very dark". And apparently that's not correct. He said "it's" is allowed as an abbreviation but "cloud's" is never "...
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Why it is “Task due date” and “Company name” but not “Task's due date” and “Company's name”?

When one should add 's and when not? Examples: Task due date / Task's due date Company name / Company's name Form field / Form's field Customer service / Customers' service
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Which is more grammatically correct?

Which is more grammatically correct? For our country, people and environment..... or For our country, our people and our environment..... Do we need to repeat the word 'our' in front of every ...
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Grammar: sentence structure with possessive

The boy has three coats. His coats are in the closet. According to the above sentences, is this sentence grammatically correct? The three boy's coats are in the closet. I know it is wrong, but I do ...
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Can we use double possessive after the 'be'-verb?

Possessive determiners are used to modify a following noun : Your book, John's book. ('Your' / 'John's' : Possessive determiner). This book is yours. (Here, 'yours' ----> a possessive pronoun.) This ...
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City center or city's center?

I own an apartment just outside the city center/city's center. Can I say both? Which one would native speakers usually go with?
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Possessive case after ALL and BOTH

Set 1: My all efforts ended in smoke. All my efforts ended in smoke. Set 2: My both friends are honest. Both my friends are honest. My grammar book says sentence one in both ...
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Is is natural to say a “month has” something as an object?

I wrote an article analyzing trade figures for 2019. Originally I wrote: "We can find that only the first 3 months have their export values bigger than their import values". Upon proofreading, I was ...
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Difference between “a daughter of a policeman” and “the daughter of a policeman”

Example 1: (1) She is a daughter of a policeman. (2) She is the daughter of a policeman. Does the (1) imply that her father policeman has more than one daughter? Does the (2) imply that her ...
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The bike of Tom or the bike of Tom's - questions about possessives

I wonder which expression is correct in my examples. I know the better way to say them is "Tom's bike" and "Tom's home", but I am still curious about the form in the examples as it is quite common in ...
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Why does the author write “GE division” instead of “GE's division”?

For the sentence below, I don't understand why the author doesn't use the possessive form - he writes "GE division" instead of "GE's division" - GE standing for the company General Electric: "To ...
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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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“The cats drinks its milk” or “Cats drinks their milk”?

"The cats drinks its milk" "Cats drinks their milk"? I don't if these sentences are grammarly correct. I have to use "its", "their", or both?
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I wonder if I can say like this

)) Can I say: " Someone I knew' s mom worked there two years ago." I am trying to say that my acquaintance's mother worked in a place. I replace my acquaintance's by someone I knew's, making the ...
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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 you omit the noun after the adjective 'own' that follows the genitive of an NP?

a. The opposition party approves of the policy, but the president's own party doesn't. Can you omit the noun 'party' like this? b. The opposition party approves of the policy, but the president's ...
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a name for a boy, boy's name, boy name

Which of the following phrases are grammatically correct, meaning "a name for a boy"? A boy's name. A boys' name. A boy name. A boys name. Any response would be appreciated.
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Farm usage…present and present progressive

I have a question about present possessive for the word farm. Can you say, "Do you farm chickens?" Is that present possessive usage for farm? I have heard, do you raise chickens? I was told you ...
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Possessive form for multiple owners

Suppose I want to assert that the car owned by Tom is blue. That's pretty simple; I could say: Tom's car is blue. OK, but that is for a single owner. But suppose the car were owned by more than ...
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Can adjectives be followed by genitive?

A dirty man’s job - (A job for a dirty man). A dirty, man’s job - (Would that be correct? I want to say that it is a dirty job for men (man)?
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What is the possessive form of Daniel's

If a company's name is Daniel's what is the correct possessive form ? Like in the sentence " I used to work at Daniel's ' / 's Human Resources Department "
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What does “their” refer to in this sentence?

Many Westerners are startled at the images of America and the West in contemporary Japanese advertising. Their accidental encounter by an American tourist or businessperson on a visit to Japan ...
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“two year's ” or “two years' ” or “two-year” [duplicate]

In _____ time, criteria for enrolling into university are going to be quite different. a) two year's b) two-year c) two years' When it comes to me I'd pick b) or c), but the source of mine tells ...
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How to differentiate between a singular noun’s possession and its plural one in spoken English

In spoken English if for example: someone says “cars tires” then how to know if the speaker is talking about car’s tires or cars’ tires. Because the pronunciation is same for both.
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“My and her” or “mine and her”

I would like to simultaneously introduce my thesis partner Lisa and refer to our thesis. I.e. summarise the following in one sentence: I conducted a thesis project with Lisa. As outlined in our ...
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“A/the degree of [a] doctor” vs. “a doctor's degree”

After four years in America, he got __________. A. a degree of doctor B. a doctor's degree C. the degree of a doctor D. a doctor degree The correct answer is B but I want to know why not C or A? ...

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