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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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Is ‘I want to meet your enemy’ ambiguous?

‘I want to meet your enemy’ can mean?: You are not an enemy You are an enemy (like ‘your majesty’ means you are a majesty)
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What is the difference between using these two structures (Noun + noun or ('s + noun) )?

Should I say "a boy's name" or "a boy name"? and if both are correct, then what is the difference?
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Which possessive should I use when referring to the car of a friend?

Is this sentence correct? This is John's car, a friend of mine. Or do I need to say this? This is John, my friend's car.
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Is the ('s) a contraction of the “be verb” or “possessive” in this sentence?

Insurance fraud accounts for about 10percent of the property insurance industry's incurred losses and loss adjustment expenses. Apostrophe-s could mean the possessive, or a contraction of is. "...
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Can I use “box of chocolates” and “chocolate box” interchangeably?

The same with "list of cities" vs "city list", or "list of users" vs "user list", etc.
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Mine and Riley's lives …My and Riley's lives …Riley and my lives?

You have made a difference in mine and Riley's lives ... or You have made a difference in my and Riley's lives ... or You have made a difference in Riley's and my lives Not sure what to use here.
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“A car of the family” to mean “one of the family's car”?

Can we use the below expressions to mean "one of...." (1) A car of the family to mean one of the family's cars? (2) A hat of the man to mean one of the man's hats? (3) A son of the old ...
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Is “I visited grandparents.” right?

Is "I visited grandparents." right? I think we say "I visited my grandparents." However, if I don't use 'my', is it right grammatically?
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Possessive for three-word company name

How do you use the possessive (apostrophe) with a company's name that consists of 3 words? For example, Barnacle Caribbean Cruises' complaint Is this correct?
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Is it OK to follow a possessive determiner by the word “such”?

A file whose filename ends with a date-and-time suffix that is separated by @ is a copy that is created to compare it later with the current version of the file and with other such copies of that file ...
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January's schedule vs. January schedule

Is it January's schedule or January schedule? I also get confused with whether to include an apostrophe before "bill." This is my January bill or January's bill.
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What are the rules for using : it's or its?

I am often corrected on StackExchange for writing it's instead of its Few minutes ago : I start a game by it's shortcut ==> I start a game by its shortcut I am (quite) sure that when I was young, I'...
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Which usage is better?: “the beautiful voice of a woman” or “a woman's beautiful voice”

Are both of these sentences grammatically correct? a. He heard singing from the other room. It was a woman's beautiful voice. b. He heard singing from the other room. It was the beautiful voice of a ...
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order using the English possessive

I think it is a pretty simple question. I am not sure which sentence sounds better: Please send me the last two file's pages. Please send me the file's last two pages Would a sentence without using ...
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Can articles modify adjectives?

I came across a sentence where a modifier seemed to be modifying an possessive adjective. These are not the same sentences but they work similarly (the article's and adjectives I'm wondering about are ...
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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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enough lawyers' files

a. If you examine enough of our lawyers' files, you'll get a pretty good idea of how the legal system works. b. If you examine enough lawyers' files, you'll get a pretty good idea of how the legal ...
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use of 'all' with a possessive adjective

What is the right way to use the determiner 'all' with a possessive adjective e.g. my, your, etc? What is placed first? all or P. Adj? A. His all habits were unique. B. All his habits were unique. Is ...
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Do these mean the same thing?

Do these have the same meaning: Their perspective about me is...../ of me is..... The perspective of theirs about me is...../ of me is..... His book was on the table yesterday. The book of his was ...
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God's forgiveness

The genitive 's refers to what belongs to you. I say Jack's car. I mean the car belongs to Jack. I could also say, 'his car' using possessive adjective. My question is about 'God's forgiveness'. It is ...
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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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What pronoun should we use here: men are encouraged to be more open with “our” feelings

Here is a paragraph from the Cambridge Dictionary blog: As men are now being encouraged to talk more and be more open with our feelings, there seems to be a correlation with the rise of the ‘mancom’. ...
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Why do we say AWS service and not service of AWS?

Why do we say in English things like a Facebook post, an AWS service, the Silicon Valley, etc.? In Portuguese, we would say "A post of Facebook", "a service of AWS", and "the ...
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If I were you I would tell my/your friends to respect my/your boundaries. How to choose the correct possessive pronouns in this structure?

Assuming your sibling telling you that his friends do not respect his boundaries, what would be your answer using the "If I were you..." structure? I see native speakers saying something ...
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Is it allowed to omit apostrophes after `s`?

In this question meaning of the s' explained, but what if I'll say my childrens toys (several kids), i.e. with no ' after s ?
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apostrophe or “of” to show possession

It is stated within my grammar textbook that, "for things, ideas etc., we normally use of to show possession". So for example: The temperature of the water. (Not the water's temperature) ...
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'Saxon genitives' and 'of genitive'

Consider the following expression. The book's page Which of the following rewording express the above mentioned phrase correctly and in which contexts? A page of the book The page of the book Note:...
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How to say “whoever's”?

Please look at the following example: If someone asks me to not upvote a question (suppose) and I want to tell them in response that "I will upvote whoever's question I want". How to express ...
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Several years experience or Several years'experience

Several years experience or Several years'experience. Is the possessive apostrophe needed?
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Possessive pronoun

Which is/are correct - My watch is better than your one. My watch is better than yours. My watch is better than that of yours.
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How to use “ 's ” correctly?

Could you tell me if the phrase The rice's price sharply raised in Brazil is correct? I have a doubt regarding the 's. Can I use it as I wrote above?
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Should I use 'of' or not? “Plays of Shakespeare” vs “Shakespeare's plays”

When should one use the following one over another? The plays of Shakespeare will always be classics. Shakespeare's plays will always be classics.
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Word to combine brother-in-law and sister-in-law?

Imagine the following scenario: Ronald and Alana are a couple. Jono and Daisy are a couple. Jono is Alana's brother. What would be the correct way to say the following phrase? We are Ronald and Alana,...
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which sentence is better? using possesive structure or 'of'

A: The increasing air pollution in Singapore is due in part to its neighbouring developing countries’ high dependence on fossil fuels. B: The increasing air pollution in Singapore is due in part to ...
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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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Are these grammatically correct?

I am trying to learn if i can use possessives in a chain. Are my sentences correct and if not how can i make them so? "Father of John's pen is an antique."? (what i meant: "John's dad ...
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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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Is it grasses' or grass's? Help with the possessive

I cannot understand where the apostrophe goes when using the possessive. Is it grass's or grasses'? Is it human's or humans'? Thanks in advance,
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Translations of older or historical professions from German

Should the German term "Bauernvogt", literally meaning "peasants' bailiff" be kept as "Bauernvogt", translated to "peasants' vogt", "vogt of peasantry"...
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Troubles of life vs life's troubles

What's the difference in meaning between the following sentences: 1 Troubles of life can sometimes leave us with a frown. 2 life's troubles can sometimes leave us with a frown.
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Would this be the correct way to refer to two authors' separate books as one book, “Author 1 and Author 2's Books”?

Say I have two authors that each wrote a book (not together) and I want to refer to both of them in one sentence while lumping their books into one noun, should I put an apostrophe right after the ...
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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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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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