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Classifying genitive

‎Can we use genitive constructions in sentences like this: The cat loved Jill with all his cat's heart; ...or should it be "with all his cat heart"? Thank you!
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How to cite two authors' work [duplicate]

I want to cite a work by two authors: John and Alice. Which of the following is correct? Based on John and Alice's work [1], ... Or, Based on John's and Alice's work [1], ...
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Connotation meant by “B of A” and “A's B”. What would be the differences?

Do you agree with the interpretation of the following three example sentences? I don't want to be involved in the problems of my boss.The boss probably deals with some problems. e.g. slow sales, ...
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Doubts about genitive case

I'm a portuguese speaker who loves English. I've seen on a website the following affirmation: The content of the website. You can also say, "the website content", or "the website's ...
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How can I combine this a couple of statements, using possessive with a gerund?

He plays his MP3 player in the library. I don't appreciate that. While not being sure, I just guess it should be like below: I do not appreciate his playing his MP3 player in the library.
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Using 's when saying something 'is'

I've just said to a friend "That cloud's looking very dark". And apparently that's not correct. He said "it's" is allowed as an abbreviation but "cloud's" is never "...
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Why it is “Task due date” and “Company name” but not “Task's due date” and “Company's name”?

When one should add 's and when not? Examples: Task due date / Task's due date Company name / Company's name Form field / Form's field Customer service / Customers' service
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Which is more grammatically correct?

Which is more grammatically correct? For our country, people and environment..... or For our country, our people and our environment..... Do we need to repeat the word 'our' in front of every ...
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Grammar: sentence structure with possessive

The boy has three coats. His coats are in the closet. According to the above sentences, is this sentence grammatically correct? The three boy's coats are in the closet. I know it is wrong, but I do ...
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Can we use double possessive after the 'be'-verb?

Possessive determiners are used to modify a following noun : Your book, John's book. ('Your' / 'John's' : Possessive determiner). This book is yours. (Here, 'yours' ----> a possessive pronoun.) This ...
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City center or city's center?

I own an apartment just outside the city center/city's center. Can I say both? Which one would native speakers usually go with?
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Possessive case after ALL and BOTH

Set 1: My all efforts ended in smoke. All my efforts ended in smoke. Set 2: My both friends are honest. Both my friends are honest. My grammar book says sentence one in both ...
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Is is natural to say a “month has” something as an object?

I wrote an article analyzing trade figures for 2019. Originally I wrote: "We can find that only the first 3 months have their export values bigger than their import values". Upon proofreading, I was ...
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Difference between “a daughter of a policeman” and “the daughter of a policeman”

Example 1: (1) She is a daughter of a policeman. (2) She is the daughter of a policeman. Does the (1) imply that her father policeman has more than one daughter? Does the (2) imply that her ...
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The bike of Tom or the bike of Tom's - questions about possessives

I wonder which expression is correct in my examples. I know the better way to say them is "Tom's bike" and "Tom's home", but I am still curious about the form in the examples as it is quite common in ...
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Why does the author write “GE division” instead of “GE's division”?

For the sentence below, I don't understand why the author doesn't use the possessive form - he writes "GE division" instead of "GE's division" - GE standing for the company General Electric: "To ...
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Possessive Apostrophe

Rorys approach was different, taking a leaf out of one of his favourite games. The game’s most memorable lesson for Rory was blackmail. Is the apostrophe in this case correct?
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“The cats drinks its milk” or “Cats drinks their milk”?

"The cats drinks its milk" "Cats drinks their milk"? I don't if these sentences are grammarly correct. I have to use "its", "their", or both?
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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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When is it okay to write “childrens” or “childrens' ” – language hack

Let's make a scenario in which there are two distinctively different entities which are both referenced as "child". The first entity is a group of nodes that are named "children" from the parent ...
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Possession in English

Which is the subject and the verb in the following sentence? This Beach's beauty is startling. I'm reading a book of English grammar and I need to underline the subject and verb.
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Can you omit the noun after the adjective 'own' that follows the genitive of an NP?

a. The opposition party approves of the policy, but the president's own party doesn't. Can you omit the noun 'party' like this? b. The opposition party approves of the policy, but the president's ...
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a name for a boy, boy's name, boy name

Which of the following phrases are grammatically correct, meaning "a name for a boy"? A boy's name. A boys' name. A boy name. A boys name. Any response would be appreciated.
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Farm usage…present and present progressive

I have a question about present possessive for the word farm. Can you say, "Do you farm chickens?" Is that present possessive usage for farm? I have heard, do you raise chickens? I was told you ...
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Possessive form for multiple owners

Suppose I want to assert that the car owned by Tom is blue. That's pretty simple; I could say: Tom's car is blue. OK, but that is for a single owner. But suppose the car were owned by more than ...
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Can adjectives be followed by genitive?

A dirty man’s job - (A job for a dirty man). A dirty, man’s job - (Would that be correct? I want to say that it is a dirty job for men (man)?
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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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What does “their” refer to in this sentence?

Many Westerners are startled at the images of America and the West in contemporary Japanese advertising. Their accidental encounter by an American tourist or businessperson on a visit to Japan ...
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“two year's ” or “two years' ” or “two-year” [duplicate]

In _____ time, criteria for enrolling into university are going to be quite different. a) two year's b) two-year c) two years' When it comes to me I'd pick b) or c), but the source of mine tells ...
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How to differentiate between a singular noun’s possession and its plural one in spoken English

In spoken English if for example: someone says “cars tires” then how to know if the speaker is talking about car’s tires or cars’ tires. Because the pronunciation is same for both.
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“My and her” or “mine and her”

I would like to simultaneously introduce my thesis partner Lisa and refer to our thesis. I.e. summarise the following in one sentence: I conducted a thesis project with Lisa. As outlined in our ...
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“A/the degree of [a] doctor” vs. “a doctor's degree”

After four years in America, he got __________. A. a degree of doctor B. a doctor's degree C. the degree of a doctor D. a doctor degree The correct answer is B but I want to know why not C or A? ...
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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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men paying/ men's paying [duplicate]

They are fetishising men paying the bill in heterosexual couples. I came across this sentence in a stand-up show. I wonder if it is grammatically correct? I think this one is better since the ...
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“With vs Having” Showing Possession

I have a problem with the words "having" and "with" in the following context: The computer is a machine having different parts. The computer is a machine with different parts. Do these ...
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Files' types vs Files types

I know that we need to use X's for belonging: Boy's ball = the ball of the boy Girl's book = the book of the girl and for many: Kids' toys = the toys of the kids Dogs' food = the food of the dogs ...
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Why “Lord of the Rings” instead of “Rings' Lord”?

Is there any difference in meaning? Are Possessive ’s and of interchangeable?
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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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Opportunity analysis or Opportunities analysis?

Please help me to say it correctly in other words in English: The Anasysis of opportunities. (it's from the SWOT analysis). Considered options are: 1) Opportunities analysis 2) Opportunities' ...
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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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Difference between “it's” and “its”?

I wrote an essay and it contained a lot of it's. Upon doing a grammar check on it, all the it's were suggested to be replaced by its. I am currently not much familiar with the difference between the ...
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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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Are any possessive apostrophes needed here? “…headphones for their iPhones”

I am a new English learner and need some assistance with understanding when to properly use an apostrophe for showing possession. I have an example sentence: Sophie, Brock, and Hannah all own ...
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“a car of his son” is wrong to use/but/ “a friend of mine” is alright?

There's a question asking which answer is correct in "He uses [a car of his son /his son's car]." While I know the right one is 'his son's car', I also remember that I surely heard of 'a friend of ...
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Confusion about the use of the possessive in the field name “Women's studies”

Why does the field Women's studies take the possessive s? And why is it not the case for "Archaeological studies", for example?
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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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“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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“heart function” or “heart's function”

What's the correct genitive construction of heart and function? Should it be "heart's function" or "heart function"? For instance: "The heart function is to supply blood to whole body." or "...
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question about plural and possesives [closed]

Is this dialogue correct? (regarding plural and possessives) Thank you. "I like it; keep going. Would you want some more clovers? I can bring you some," the fairy said. "Yes! Thank you... What'...
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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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