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When to use an object pronoun or a possessive adjective before a gerund

The rule says that we can use a possessive adjective or an object pronoun before a gerund. Is there a rule that says when to use each or are they interchangeable? Some say that it's wrong to use an ...
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“the police conspiracy” vs. “the police's conspiracy”

I am firmly convinced he is innocent and his accusation is the result of the police conspiracy. I am firmly convinced he is innocent and his accusation is the result of the police's conspiracy. ...
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Which is the correct gerund clause? 'People's killing animals', or 'People killing animals … '? [duplicate]

Which is the correct gerund clause that should be used here? People killing animals is a bad thing.. or People's killing animals is a bad thing.. John being late is a bit inconvenient. or John's ...
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Why say “of x's” instead of “of x”?

I have often heard people say "x of his" or "x of mine". But since his and mine point out ownership, isn't using "of" here doubles that ownership? Wouldn't it be more appropriate to say "x of him" or "...
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Apostrophes in Time Expressions

Are these expressions syntactically correct and semantically equivalent? What is general rules for "number-time noun" and "number time' noun" from semantic point of view? "a day's work" vs "one-day ...
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How do I pronounce the possessive form of 'case'?

Is it "The case' closure" or "The case's closure"? How exactly do I pronounce it?
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“24 hours' notice” or “24 hours notice”?

Which one is correct? 1: Well, you canceled on Tuesday and our policy is 24 hours' notice for all cancellations. 2: Well, you canceled on Tuesday and our policy is 24 hours notice for all ...
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“Spain's prince” or “Spain's prince's”

The king underwrote the journey of Spain's prince. The king underwrote the journey of Spain's prince's. We have a double possessive here, we are referring to the journey of the prince of Spain. How ...
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Using “of” or apostrophe, which is more common?

Sometimes when I write, for example, "the boundaries of segments", I am suggested to use "segments' boundaries" or even "segment boundaries". Or "the page's content" vs. "the content of the page" vs....
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When a word ends in 's' or 'x', do you add 's or just an '?

1) Alex's house 2) Alex' house When the noun ends with the letter 's' or 'x', do I need to put 's' after an apostrophe or not? I remember I read some rules related to this in my school ...
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Plural form of “brother-in-law” when a possessive case is involved

1) My brother's friend's opinions 2) My brothers' friend's opinions I hope "1" and "2" are pretty clear and correct. Now, let us suppose that the brother in "1" is a brother-in-law and that all ...
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The name of the boy vs.The boy's name

Which one is correct or are both correct? The boy's name is nice. The name of the boy is nice. I'm really confused these two sentences? Which one is more suitable?
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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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In what cases I should skip 's in possessive case?

I notice that in some cases people skip the 's in the possessive case. But I cannot understand what rule they use. For example: attribute declaration, but not attribute's declaration or ...
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What does `'s` mean in “What CPU's will it run on?”?

Does it indicate a possessive adjective or just a plural noun? If noun, why it is not CPUs (without apostrophe)?
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How to say something like “my company” without sounding like I own the company?

How do I say something like "my company," "my plane," "my bus", etc. without making it sound like I own the company/plane/bus/etc? "Our company" makes it seem like both me and the person/people I'm ...
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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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The use of an article before a possessive proper noun - The late Michael Jackson's old home

I was pretty confirmed of not using any article before a proper noun that shows possessiveness. The Maulik's car -incorrect Maulik's car -correct But then, I came across this piece of news on ...
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What is difference between people and peoples?

Would anyone like to comprehensively explain? I am not sure peoples word exist or not. Kindly request to you all please explain about this. Thanks.
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Can apostrophe 's' be used with 'etc.'?

Consider a group of 10 friends (Jack, Mike, Harry, Peter, Ian, Ted, Stoney, Julie, Maria, and Samantha) named 'Spartans' in some residence colony. They have collected money and bought a brand new car. ...
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double genitive: a friend of hers

(1) Do you know any friends of hers? (2) Do you know those friends of hers? (3) Do you know a friend of hers? Both in (1) and (2), ‘hers’ seems to be ‘her friends.’ But in (3), is it ‘her ...
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Possessive 's for things

Advertising informs consumers about new products available on the market. It gives us information about everything from shampoo to toothpaste to computers and cars. But there is one serious ...
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What does the butcher's (meaning the butcher's shop) become in the plural?

If the sentence in the singular is: The butcher's and the hairdresser's are closed on Sunday. What happens to the genitive if I want to make it plural? Butcher's and hairdresser's are closed on ...
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Wow! Nice! I smelled you baking cake!

Which one is grammatical? "Wow! Nice! I smelled you baking cake!" "Wow! Nice! I smelled your baking cake!" Both of them are acceptable, maybe?
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Can a possessive S be attached to nouns that are not human beings (or animals)?

Can a possessive S be attached to nouns that are not human beings (or animals)? For example, instead of saying "the back of the chair", can I say "the chair's back"? I remember learning that not ...
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When do we use apostrophe s?

I always feel uncertained when using apostrophe s. For example, company's rules. and company rules. I am not sure when to use apostrophe s. More examples The Pepsi's logo. vs The Pepsi ...
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I went to the doctor's

I have run across such a sentence: Yesterday I was ill, so I went to the doctor's. What is the function of possessive here, that is doctor's?
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Should I use “vehicle” or “vehicle's”?

Here are my constructions: Only minimal signs of corrosion on the vehicle body surface which have been removed. Only minimal signs of corrosion on the vehicle's body surface which have been ...
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What is the use of using preposition 'of' to talk about possessions with *ANIMATE* countable nouns?

In the coursebook 'New Round-Up 3' by Virginia Evans, Jenny Dooley and Irina Kondrasheva (Pearson, 2010) I have come across a title "A Day in the life OF a Farmer'. Michael Swan in his fully revised '...
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Apostrophes for possession: nouns

My best friend of the moment - 'Essential Grammar in Use' for elementary students by Raymond Murphy - says that 'we normally use -'s for people.' I stayed at my sister's house. (not the house of my ...
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Is the possessive gerund preferred in “with Windows 7's being installed”?

I have to work on my laptop with Windows 7's being installed. Can the possessive gerund be used in this way? In case this phrase doesn't make sense: I'm trying to say that on my laptop Windows 7 is ...
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“the legs of the table” vs “the table's legs”

I got this quiz: The carpenter repaired __ . (A) the table's legs (B) table's legs (C) legs of the table (D) the legs of the table ...which says the right answer is D. But I ...
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“They have their own house” or “They have a house of their own”? [duplicate]

Is it correct if I say"They have their own house?" or does the variant "They have a house of their own" suit better from the point of view of grammar?And if both of the variants do exist, is their ...
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possessive apostrophe for two things or persons

What is the difference between the two sentences below? Are they the same or different in meaning? Jack and Laura's new house is almost ready. Jack's and Laura's new house is almost ready. To ...
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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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Genitive Saxon: Do you append apostrophe s ('s) after plurals and words ending with s?

Should the apostrophe and the s of genitive Saxon be used after plural forms or words ending with the letter s? For example: airplanes wings must be defrosted before taking off or airplanes's ...
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Is “X of Y” a more official statement than “Y's X”?

For example the building's history History of the building
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“I know Bryan’s height” or “I know Bryan height”?

I know that the first is correct. Is the second correct too? Why? And two more examples to make it clearer: I know the tower height vs I know the tower's height vs I know height of the ...
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Nested possessives

Let's imagine the following situation: My mom has a boyfriend and her boyfriend has a car. I borrowed this car and I want to tell another person who is the owner of this car, I believe I have to use ...
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What is the possessive of Saint John's?

We have a city here in Canada named Saint John's. It is always spelt that way; the 's is part of the name (this must be a very unusual case, I'm not sure). What would be the correct way to refer to ...
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“What is funny in people being injured?” vs “What is funny in peoples' being injured?” [duplicate]

Consider this as a question you asked from someone who thinks prank videos (stupid ones) are funny, especially those that show people getting hit severely or fall. Which one of the following fits to ...
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Where are the objects and the attributes in these sentences

Where are the objects and the attributes in these sentences? There was no reply, but in a moment Miss Glaser began to play the opening bars of one of Schumann’s songs. It was no strain on the ...
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Break a Cup of His Own

For this sentence: He broke a cup of his own. Does it mean that he broke a cup of unknown ownership after someone else had broken a cup, also of unknown ownership, or that, after breaking a ...
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Temporal adverb before nouns

Is it possible to shorten these kind of sentence structures? The title of the event, that will be tomorrow is XY. Is any of these correct? The title of tomorrow's event is XY. The title of ...
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Singular possessive, plural possessive or neither

For example suppose we record the actions (clicks) a user performs during the use of software. What "the order of actions" is called and what is the meaning of the following choices? action order (...
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How does the possessive apostrophe work in “it's”?

I am under the impression that we use the apostrophe to describe ownership. Someone would say "This is Jennifer's coat" to mean that the coat belongs to her, as opposed to, for instance, "Jennifers ...
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Possessive form of in-law [duplicate]

I need a bit of help with this. She is a photographer but that camera is her brother's-in-law or: She is a photographer but that camera is her brother-in-law's I am aware that I could ...
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Putting a noun before another noun, or after with “of” in between?

Would you be as kind as to tell me what is the difference (if any) between the following sentences? Are both valid English? If not, please indicate what is the right one. If both are valid, which is ...
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“Our house floor” or “our house's floor”? [duplicate]

What's the correct form? Example: Our house floor was sparkling clean. Our house's floor was sparkling clean. I always get confused about this. And when I search on Google I always get the ...
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Adjective or possessive?

Consider the following sentence: Who is the president of France? I want to build a shorter sentence and I don't know if I should use a noun adjective or possessive mark: Who is the France's ...