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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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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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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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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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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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Student's Book vs. Student Book

Today my daughter and I were listening to directions in a children's course where the speaker said something like "[in the] student book"; I was not really sure about "in the" part. My daughter said ...
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“drivers” or “driver's”?

The Autopilot feature is designed to allow Teslas to cruise highways without drivers steering, braking or accelerating. Source: Mosher, Alexandra, “Tesla drivers play Jenga, sleep, using Autopilot in ...
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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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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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Is the ('s) a contraction of the “be verb” or “possessive” in this sentence?

Insurance fraud accounts for about 10percent of the property insurance industry's incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses. Apostrophe-s could mean the possessive, or a contraction of 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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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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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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My father and my birthday/My father's birthday and mine/My father's and my birthday…something else?

As an esl teacher I'm a bit embarrassed about this one. I have some groups on WhatsApp to practice English and in one of them a student put: "Today is birthday of my father and my." What would the ...
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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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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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“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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Which use of possessive is correct “I'm grateful for my mother's love” or “I'm grateful for the love of my mother”?

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 ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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What's the difference between A portrait of my mother and my mother's portrait?

There's a portrait of my mother in that room. There's my mother's portrait in that room. Are the both sentences the same in the meaning?
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at one of my clients' office / at the office of one of my clients

Which one sounds more natural to the native speakers ? at one of my clients' office at the office of one of my clients Thanks
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“A friend of my brother“ or “A friend of my brother's”?

I got to learn that it's incorrect to say A friend of my brother. The correct clause should be A friend of my brother's but I don't know the reason why it is so. I found a discussion on a forum on the ...
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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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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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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 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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Correct pronunciation of possessives ending on “-s” [duplicate]

What's the correct pronunciation of possessives ending on "-s"? For example, Mrs Harris's house. Mr Rices's dog. Noriss's estate.
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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{days / days'} worth of stuff?

I'm confused. When reading a novel, I've encountered It's around 3 days worth of stuff. I thought "why not 3 days' worth of stuff?" So I checked the Sketchengine, and got 2.2k results for ...
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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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Is it possible to form possessive just changing the order?

I saw this two examples: The emperor of China and China's emperor. Is it possible to say: "China emperor" without the apostrophe? I saw some examples in ficcion books, like: The England's king ...
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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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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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What's the subtle difference in meaning between “of”, “ 's” and compound nouns?

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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