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How to ask what tree the leaf on Canada's flag belongs to using "of" instead of "belong"?

Canada's flag contains a leaf. I want to ask what tree that leaf belongs to using preposition "of" instead of the verb "belong". Can I ask like this: What tree does Canada's flag ...
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this mess is yours to

a. The mess your friends made in your room is yours to clean up. (Meaning: You have to clean up the mess your friends made in your room.) b. The dessert is yours to make. (Meaning: You have to make ...
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what is 's in "someone's" like "this is Andrew's car"

The "'s" in "It's Thanos" is short for "is" The "'s" in "She's gone" is short for "has" But I have no idea, what is "'s" in "...
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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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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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"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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What is the possessive form of “Daniel's” if “Daniel’s” is the name of a company?

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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Possessives - "this year's question paper" or "this year question paper"

I found this in a grammar book: Wrong Sentence - All the candidates felt that this year's question paper was too easy. Right Sentence - All the candidates felt that this year the question paper was ...
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Is there any rule about when to choose a definite article or a possessive pronoun?

Could you help to explain the usage of either a definite article or a possessive pronoun in the following sentences: He had a thorn in his/the leg. The snake bit him in the/his leg. Before you go to ...
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The Mitla apartment, shouldn't it be the Mitlas'?

Stephen King writes: Howard Mitla was sitting alone... Violet Mitla, one of New York's... The Mitla apartment was on the fourth floor... I was expecting something like "The Mitlas' apartment&...
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Why is the possessive used instead of objective case in "agree to your being"? [duplicate]

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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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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Was it Russell's and Whitehead's book?

Russell and Whitehead jointly published the famous book Principia Mathematica. Should we write "in Russell and Whitehead's Principia Mathematica", or rather "in Russell's 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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Rules for using possessive "s" to describe quantity

I'd like to know how to explain the rules for use of possessive "s" to describe the quantity of something, as in, "two hours' work" to an English learner. This answer at english....
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Possessive and who

I have another question regarding how to use the word "who" with possessive nouns. This is Jane's brother, who was in your class back in 2005. I want to refer this "who" to Jane, not the brother, ...
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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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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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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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"every your thought" or "every thought of yours" or "every one of your thoughts"?

I always felt that every your thought sounded a bit awkward, but because it seemed to me formal and somewhat literary, I used it more in written texts. Here is one instance of it: A century and 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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Does "we inform the next week seminars information." sound natural to native English speakers?

I currently work at a research institution, where various academic seminars are held nearly every week, and I receive a seminar information email from my colleague every week. It's more or less like ...
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'Saxon genitives' and 'of genitive'

Consider the following expression: The book's page Which of the following rewording expresses the above mentioned phrase correctly and in which contexts? A page of the book The page of the book ...
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Why is it correct to drop the 's in "a Jane Austen['s] fragment"?

A long time ago a user asked a question on EL&U with the following title: Meaning of a Jane Austen's fragment in this letter Another user edited it, dropping the 's, turning the title into the ...
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Ambiguous meaning of "his murder"

Can "his murder" mean two different things? The murder of a male person (him) A man's crime, e.g His murder of someone
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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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Each other's / each others'

This always nags me... I would prefer a logical as well as a grammatical explanation of it. We enjoyed each other's company. We enjoyed each others' company. Which one is correct? Why is the ...
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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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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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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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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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another's vs another

If just a few hundred hours of play-based therapy can improve my life and save another’s, I am more than happy to help. Should I replace "another’s" with "another"?
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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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I work in / at Google's office. // I work in / at Google office?

I know it might sound unnatural but I'd like to know which one is correct in terms of grammatical structure... I work in Google's office I work at Google's office I work in Google office I work at ...
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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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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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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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...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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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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"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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"Someone else's", "Someone's else", and "Someone else's one"

For example: -- You should move your car out of the way. -- This is not my car but someone else's car. I want to get rid of the redundancy in the sentence which is presented by the second "...

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