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parents of either of - them/theirs/them's

Usually a newly-married couple live with either of the parents of them. Usually a newly-married couple live with either of the parents of them's. Usually a newly-married couple live with either of ...
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“Only vs itself” which one should I use?

Should I use "itself" or "only" when I say I don't have something. Example: a. itself: I don't have insta ID itself b. only: I don't have insta ID only
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Determiners (the, a, some) that come before possessives (book's title, government's decision) help determine that Possessive or the noun after it?

The government's decision A person's job The children's book The book's title let's say, in the first line, what does the determiner (The) point to? "government" or "decision"?
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Correct message to notify users about errors in data

I'm working on a map software project and I'm not quite sure how to write a legend entry. On the map we display various sections consisting of multiple segments. If a segment contains some incorrect ...
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Is "ones" in this sentence grammatical?

I encountered the "ones" functioning as a possessive pronoun in this context: In the individual, this cultural context is expressed in terms of ones attitudes, beliefs, personality ...
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"The Bag of My Sister's" vs "The Bag of My Sister" - double possessive

The bag of my sister's The bag of my sister The bag of an actress The bag of an actress's when do we use and not use Apostrophe + s (for singular, uncountable, and irregular plural nouns) / ...
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Syntactic structure of “International Women’s Day”

According to the general rule, in possessive phrases -‘s is placed right between the Possessor Phrase and the Thing-Possessed Phrase. On the 8th of March one celebrates the International Day of Women. ...
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your many books, Those some people - can we use determiners this way?

I have your many books. I have many books of yours. Those some people are about to come. Some of those people are about to come. I know that the 2nd version of each example is correct but I don't ...
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"Shiv and Parvati's son" or "Shiv's and Parvati's son"?

I'm writing a story about Lord Ganesh; which of the following is more correct? Ganesh claimed to be Shiv and Parvati's son. Ganesh claimed to be Shiv's and Parvati's son.
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Which is the correct sentence to use

Writing personalised gift as if from baby with photos of baby + baby's dad. Would caption read: "Mine and my daddy's adventures" or "Mine and daddy's adventures" or "Me and my ...
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What does ONE modify here?

Last week he visited one of the Americans' conferences. Does one modify "Americans" or "conferences" or either? Does it mean: one conference run by the Americans OR conferences run ...
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The Double Genitive with Animals?

Can I use the double possessive below as I would in, say, the phrase a friend of Bob’s? a bone of my dog’s a toy of my dog’s Are the phrases above, however awkward, still grammatical? Never mind ...
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If "a car of my friend" is incorrect, does this mean that "a car of one of my friends" is incorrect too?

As far as I know: (1) my friend's car - correct (2) a car of my friend's - correct (3) a car of my friend - incorrect I'm curious about whether the correctness will remain the same if I add "one ...
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The usage of possessive s

Normaly we would say James's car but is it also acceptable to say for instance the car of James or it sounds just awkward and no one would say that?
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Where to put the apostrophe in a sentence where the name contains an appositive?

If the name in the sentence contains an appostive, does it change the location of the apostrophe? For example: John Smith's car is red Now imagine I have an appostive to that subject that comes ...
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Possessive "‘s" or "of", or neither?

When can you swap the words and remove "of" like "the cafe of the uni" vs "the uni cafe"? Which one is more natural for everyday English? the cafe of the uni the uni ...
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Apostrophe after apostrophe [duplicate]

The artifical inteligence generated this sentence and I got in a double. Does it make sense to put apostrophes like this: Business Contact’s company's workforce. It means the workforce of the company ...
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Using double possessives

I've read a number of posts in threads about double possessives. However, since English is not my first language, I still have trouble understanding it. Which of the following sentences sounds ...
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Why "solutions" in "here are two solutions key points"?

Here are two boy's cars. But. Here are two solutions key points. Why in first example is "'s" used and in second one it's not? I checked with LanguageTool and GoogleTranslate. I want to ...
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Possessive word order "English's accommodation spending on holiday reached 55% in 2012"

Is this sentence correct to describe a chart? Sometimes I get confused between using x of x versus x's. I want to say that the British spent 55% on accommodation on weekend holidays in 2022. Does this ...
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What's the difference between "Spain's fastfood consumption" and "the consumption of fastfood in Spain"? [closed]

I am describing a chart in that chart 22% of Spanish people consumed fast food. Are the two sentences below correct? Is there a difference between these sentences in meaning? Spain's fast food ...
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What's the use of the word 's in this sentence

Could you explain how the apostrophe 's works in these sentences? I understand the word 's to show possesive meaning to belong. But it doesn't make sense in this case. "A huge victory for ...
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Is it possible to make the following noun phrase possessive? a girl in pink's name?

Is it possible to make the following noun phrase possessive? a girl in pink's name (or a girl's in pink name? or a girl's name wearing pink?)
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What's the correct form: "pets island" or '"pet's island"

I'm trying to write a short paragraph about an animal island and I'm a bit confused as to what would be the correct sentence to use for the title.
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"you and your" vs "your and your"

At one point, you and your teammate's pokemons register a very low HP (1). At one point, your and your teammate's pokemons register a very low HP (2). Which of the two sentences is correct?
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What is the difference between "pack of dogs", "dogs' pack" and "dog pack"?

wikipedia.org: ... "pack of dogs" is similar, but not identical in meaning to ... "dogs' pack" (and neither of these is entirely interchangeable with "dog pack" ... ). ...
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Every Soldiers Lament

I wrote a poem called "Every Soldiers Lament" and am torn with the spelling of Soldiers. Is it: Soldiers Soldier's Soldiers' My first guess is "Soldiers'" because I'm referring ...
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one of Tony's videos (possessive)

There are two Tonys who make videos each on their own. I watch their videos seperately. 1 I watched one of the Tonys' videos. (It sounds as I watched a specific video made by one of the Tonys) What ...
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Einstein's quote vs Einstein quote

Einstein's quote vs 2. Einstein quote [as in: Let me tell you Einstein's quote. It goes like this: xyz] Is 1. the proper way to say this? Is 2. colloquial language? And is it very rare to hear ...
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tomorrow's + THE NAME OF A DAY

Is it acceptable to use this pattern? I want to see him on {tomorrow's Monday/Tuesday} so on. An example from a book: The captain took the opportunity of requesting a supply of Japanese Yen to be ...
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Possessive apostrophe correct usage in this example

It is a women's jacket even though the tag size 50 is men's. Is this correct with the possessive men's ? I thought mens in this instance, but it isn't a word? https://english.stackexchange.com/...
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how to understand the "to his" in this sentence

In my own research, complaints from women about their husbands most often focused not on tangible inequities such as having given up the chance for a career to accompany a husband to his. Hello, ...
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Definite article before a possessive

In the book 'PRACTICAL ENGLISH USAGE', we have the following statement in section 142.12: I couldn't quite understand why the first and second sentences would be grammatically incorrect if we used ...
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Commas with appositive?

a. The brother of Pete's wife, John, was at the party. b. The brother of Pete's wife John was at the party. Which is correctly punctuated if John is the brother of Pete's wife? I think the problem ...
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Pronoun usage in "Did you enjoy his playing the violin?" [duplicate]

Why is the pronoun "his" used in this sentence? "Did you enjoy his playing the violin?"
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Should we use the plural or singular with the possessive case? Ladies' stockings or Lady's? [duplicate]

When using the possessive case for purposes of stating what quality a certain object is characteristic of. Should we use plural or singular form of a noun with an apostrophe? I used think it should be ...
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A name of the person’s /A name of the person

He didn't tell me the name of the person. - correct. Let's imagine that some person has several names. Which one would be correct? He didn't tell me a name of the person. or He didn't tell me a ...
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this one of her uncles

I and a friend of mine are looking at a photo of a group of people, three of whom are our friend Janet's uncles. I say: Janet's uncle looks unwell. My friend says: No, he doesn't. I realize that my ...
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A lot of people take taxi to visit relatives and friends' houses

It's always confusing when 2 nouns join together, and there's another noun before it. Which noun shall we put the "s", for the plural form, or both? A lot of people take taxi to visit ...
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"two weeks' time" vs "two-week time"

I know that: (1) in two weeks' time - correct (2) in two-week time - incorrect But I don't know what will be without "in". For example (my own sentences): (3) Two weeks' time is enough for a ...
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Is this usage of apostrophe grammatical: "the person with dementia’s employer"

This is from a booklet about caring for elderly people who has dementia: "requesting flexible working arrangements from your employer and the person with dementia’s employer." When I read it,...
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When we refer to a 'Room key', is the room being used as an adjective here? can't I say 'Room's key' instead?

What I am trying to find out here is the etymology of the phrase "Room key". Surely, it must have been "room's key" first. When and how did it become "Room key"? and Can ...
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Should there be a possessive in "like that of a peacock('s)"?

She has great charm, even like that of a peacock's She has great charm, even like that of a peacock The comparison is not between the lady and the peacock. It is between the charms of the lady and ...
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Shouldn't there be a ('s) in "University of Texas('s) Basketball Coach"?

I came across this New York Times headline: University of Texas Basketball Coach Faces Felony Domestic Assault Charge Shouldn't there be a ('s) in this construction like, "University of Texas's ...
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"a generation of future potential" or "the future potential of a generation"

I come across the title of a UNICEF report "Children's Exposure to Lead Pollution Undermines a Generation of Future Potential" Blockquote I do not understand the use of “a Generation of ...
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Answering <Whose is this book?> with <One of my friends'>

Let's say I am in a library and there is a book on the desk beside mine. If someone who works at the library or someone else studying at the library comes up to me and asks, "Do you know whose ...
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"Criteria we have smth." vs "Criteria why we have smth." vs "Reasons we have smth." as a title [closed]

I'm writing an article and stuck a bit with the title. I'd like to use form: Criteria we have something But I've been told that this might not be correct. This form came from the analogy of: ...
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Is it "me" or "my" in this sentence? And why?

He was pretty emphatic about me leaving. He was pretty emphatic about my leaving. Which is correct, and why?
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I want to know usage of 's (with apostrophe) in the example given below

According to some grammar, 's is used for human. I know some of the usages here: My uncle's son Faizan goes to Bombay Cambridge School every day. Used as ‘of’ for human possession. It’s been ages ...
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Is an article determained by the possessive 's?

Today I came across the following sentence: AI's decision-making process is usually too difficult for most people to comprehend. It seemed weird to me because I thought that the word process ...
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