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Which one is correct: “a three-hour journey” or “three hours' journey” [closed]

The village we visited was __________ from our hotel. a three-hour journey three hours' journey
 a journey’s three hours the journey for three hours 
 the three-hour’s journey Answer ...
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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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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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Today's departure or Today departure

I write this phrase every day in my emails and every time it bothers me which way is correct. "Please assist with today departure". (or today's departure). "Cargo will leave on today flight". (or ...
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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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Sentence Construction

The governors would, of course, agree to your being admittedly pensioned. I could not understand the use of your being here; why does this sentence construction used here? (As I've often ...
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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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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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Who have vs. With (What's the difference?)

Someone who has something. Someone with something. What is the difference between the two sentences? Here is the question I got in GMAT: In 1776 Adam Smith wrote that it is young people who ...
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Comparison by 'as'

If I have two questions and both of them can be solved by the same concept then if I want to say that 'the explanation of second sentence is same as first sentence'. Is it correct, can I say this? ...
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Possessive + non-ing noun phrase (Your joining the forum)

From a grammar book, I got this example of gerund transformation: Adam joined the forum. Transformed into a gerund phrase: Adam's joining the forum What if there is a noun before joining like ...
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Why I can't use “that its” in this case?

I faced a question where I was supposed to fill in the missing blank. The question was: The large family _____ house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to stay at a hotel. There were ...
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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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Yesterday's performance / performance of / performance for

He is a fast bowler of repute, but his yesterday's performance wasn't up to the mark. Which is the correct option to replace the bold part in above sentence ? A) performance of yesterday B) ...
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“my” vs “mine” (adjectives vs. possessive )

Is correct to say "my question is" or "mine question is". When I talk, I automatically use "my question is", but "mine" is a possessive pronoun and somehow when I think about it (and translate it ...
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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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What is correct (possessive question)

I haven't the foggiest how to express this basic idea correctly in English: The meaning is "the trip that Paul and I will make to London". So, is "Paul and I's trip to London" or "Paul and mine trip ...
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What's the usage of “my” in “So what does sadness look like on an iPhone, in terms of my using it?”

I been listening to the freakonomics podcast and there's one episode where the guest said she could tell people's emotions when they are using their smart phone and the host asked her "So what does ...
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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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Opportunity analysis or Opportunities analysis?

Please help me to say it correctly in other words in English: The Anasysis of opportunities. (it's from the SWOT analysis). Considered options are: 1) Opportunities analysis 2) Opportunities' ...
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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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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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“whose” vs “that its” in English

I'm an English learner and today I faced a question where I was supposed to fill in the missing blank. The question was: The large family _____ house had been destroyed by the storm was invited to ...
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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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Am I correct about possessives?

1 When you say about a bird in general, you say "This is a feather of a bird", you can also say "This is a bird's feather". a. So when you say "These are feathers of a bird", so will you say "These ...
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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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Which is better? “Student Performances” or “Students' Performances”

I was told to use "Students' Performances" instead of "Student Performances" for the cover page of a video project that shows the performances of students from several schools for a rally and ...
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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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Is it correct to say: “This is his / its.”? (Possessive Pronouns)

According to what I know now about Possessive Pronouns, we can to choose between one of the two following forms: 1) "This is your book" vs "This is yours" 2) "This is their book" vs "This is ...
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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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Use master thesis or master's thesis

Is this sentence correct? Master thesis to obtain the degree Master of Science I am really not sure about the 's here.
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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 does “one's” mean in this definition?

Google Dict defines "Reside": Have one's permanent home in a particular place. Does "one's" mean other person's home which doesn't belong to the speaker?
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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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possessive apostrophe and THE for academic phrases

I am applying for PhD. In university's site I have seen several possessive phrases which have completely confused me. Which of these are correct? 1- UCI EECS Department / UCI Department of EECS / UCI'...
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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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Personal pronoun with a gerund or infinitive?

My father never approved _____ a foreigner.   a. her to marry  b. her marrying  c. she marrying  d. she not marry Please answer the question with an explanation.
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Two people in the genitive case

I'm confused on how to talk about two people's past relationship in this sentence "She knows about him and Frank's past" or "She knows about he and Frank's past" or "She knows about his and Frank's ...
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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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Her hand, of which arm's elbow… (Possessives)

The back of her right hand, of which arm's elbow rested on the door panel, pressed against her lips. The context is that she was weeping with stifled sobs, and smothered her sniffs. My concern ...
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men paying/ men's paying [duplicate]

They are fetishising men paying the bill in heterosexual couples. I came across this sentence in a stand-up show. I wonder if it is grammatically correct? I think this one is better since the ...
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“With vs Having” Showing Possession

I have a problem with the words "having" and "with" in the following context: The computer is a machine having different parts. The computer is a machine with different parts. Do these ...
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Files' types vs Files types

I know that we need to use X's for belonging: Boy's ball = the ball of the boy Girl's book = the book of the girl and for many: Kids' toys = the toys of the kids Dogs' food = the food of the dogs ...

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