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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to pronounce possessive plurals?

We have a sentence: Those are my brothers's bikes. Which means: Those are the bikes of my brothers. But how to say the first sentence? Do we pronounce the 's's or make the 'z' sound?
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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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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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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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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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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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I would like to thank everyone for their/ I would like to thank everyone for your

I have searched on the in the internet for examples of both usages and I came across this post in a thread at this forum We would like to thank everyone for their support. We would like to ...
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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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The Use of s-Genitive

I'm writing my essay about corruption (Part II.) and I have already come across two words (one of which is rewritten for political reasons)... MAMESZ and police ...that have to be put into the ...
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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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What is the difference between S' and 'S?

What is the difference between S' and 'S? When can we use S' and when can we use '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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MY old friend VS an old friend OF MINE

"This is Lord Henry, a good friend of mine" What differences are there? It is just stylistic differences? Isn't? Can I freely use such construction instead of "my/our etc"? For example: This is a ...
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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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Genitive Case, when use apostrophe and why not allways

I'm writing an article about computer science and I have the following problems: Is method's name the same as method name? Is attribute’s name the same as attribute name? Is property's name the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...