Questions tagged [possessives]

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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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Which one out of the two is correct and sounds idiomatic

Me going to a strip club can ruin my social image. My going to a strip club can ruin my social image. Well I guess that isn't actually the case. I think using possessive or pronoun actually depends ...
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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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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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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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The Difference between “the means of production” vs “means of production”?

Sometimes I see words like I mentioned that use without using article the. Is there any difference in meaning? Because as far as I know we should use article the for the possessive form of non-living ...
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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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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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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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What is the difference between “many of whose” and “many whose”?

I have two examples: If you do try to discuss these new beliefs with them, many of whose minds are closed to new ideas will fight hard to keep themselves convinced and even try to change your mind ...
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“You not getting admission in MIT would have been so bad” or “Your…”?

Which one is correct? "You not getting admission in MIT would have been so bad" "Your not getting admission in MIT would have been so bad" Similarly: "he not offering you any help is hard to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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“A friend of one” vs “a friend of one's”

Tell me please of there is any difference between the following sentences? A friend of Kate came over for my birthday party. A friend of Kate's came over for my birthday party. Are both ...
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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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Possessive case: cosmetic issue prevention or cosmetic issues prevention

Which is correct: cosmetic issue prevention or cosmetic issues prevention? (That is, prevention of cosmetic issues. The context is just a title, something like: Cosmetic Issue Prevention Products.)
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Can I use possessive with “number + noun”, “noun + noun” and “adjective + noun”?

Can I use possessive with "number + noun", "noun + noun" and "adjective + noun"? 1) I guess this is one man's shirt. 2) I guess this is two women's house. 3) I guess this is three boys' ...
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Basic question about plural and possessive

I have multiple tables of different colors. What is the correct saying if I want to talk about the colors of all the tables ? The tables' colors. The table's colors. The tables colors. ...
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What can I use with living things to indicate possession other than “-'s”, “for” and double genitive?

A lot of grammar books say that with living things (a cat, a man), one can only use an -'s , for or double genitive so the only correct ways to say that a boy owns a hat are: A boy's hat (...
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using possessive apostrophe with country names

Why is it so that it is more correct to say In India, Independence Day is not on August 14th. instead of India's Independence Day is not on August 14th. ? Is it because the usage of ...
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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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It's a book of my mother's VS It's my mother's book

Am I right about this: It's a book of my mother's - it proves she has several books and this one It's my mother's book - it doesn't prove the other books' existence. It proves only this one's one, ...
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The blue one's car is burning AND The blue ones' car is burning

Can we use the possessive "'s" for "one" -I am seeing a green guy and a blue one. -The blue one's car is burning Is it correct? The same about pluraul: -I am seeing green guys blue ones. ...
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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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How often -if any- are the possessive pronouns “its” or “his” used?

How often -if any- are the possessive-pronouns "its" or "his" used? Based on many sites and books, the possessive pronouns for 3rd person singular for people or nouns it's "its" (for "it") or "his" ...
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“it fulfills its full business name”

The Client hereby undertakes to comply with the Collection Hub’s Terms and Conditions and for the evidence of this acceptance it fulfills its full business name, name of the acting representative and ...
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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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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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When should I use “ 's ”

If I want to describe a development process of some company called "The Company", should I use "'s" at the end of the company name(The Company)? What are the cases when I shouldn't use " 's " at the ...
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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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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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Do I need to repeat 'of the'?

Let us suppose you are a repairman. Each evening you must check the condition of the fireplace and of the boiler?
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Is the word “breaking” in the following sentence correct?

I always carried an extra mask on my belt, in the case of mine breaking. I thought maybe it could end in "break". Sorry if it's obvious, I'm not a native speaker.