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Questions tagged [possessives]

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How to use an apostrophe for two or more names?

In this sentence: In Fermat, Lagrange, Newton and Gauss studies [...]. Where should we put the apostrophe? The complete sentence is here: Besides Fermat, Lagrange, Newton and Gauss' studies ...
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Is it ok to say “Improved the RBT's deletion operation's implementation”?

I've had this question more than once, and that is, when I'm referring to "something which belongs to something which belongs to something else". For example, in the following phrase I'm referring to ...
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“drivers” or “driver's”?

The Autopilot feature is designed to allow Teslas to cruise highways without drivers steering, braking or accelerating. Source: Mosher, Alexandra, “Tesla drivers play Jenga, sleep, using Autopilot in ...
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Which one out of the two is correct and sounds idiomatic

Me going to a strip club can ruin my social image. My going to a strip club can ruin my social image. Well I guess that isn't actually the case. I think using possessive or pronoun actually depends ...
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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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The Difference between “the means of production” vs “means of production”?

Sometimes I see words like I mentioned that use without using article the. Is there any difference in meaning? Because as far as I know we should use article the for the possessive form of non-living ...
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Am I correct about possessives?

1 When you say about a bird in general, you say "This is a feather of a bird", you can also say "This is a bird's feather". a. So when you say "These are feathers of a bird", so will you say "These ...
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What's the usage of “my” in “So what does sadness look like on an iPhone, in terms of my using it?”

I been listening to the freakonomics podcast and there's one episode where the guest said she could tell people's emotions when they are using their smart phone and the host asked her "So what does ...
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Today's departure or Today departure

I write this phrase every day in my emails and every time it bothers me which way is correct. "Please assist with today departure". (or today's departure). "Cargo will leave on today flight". (or ...
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What does “one's” mean in this definition?

Google Dict defines "Reside": Have one's permanent home in a particular place. Does "one's" mean other person's home which doesn't belong to the speaker?
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Her hand, of which arm's elbow… (Possessives)

The back of her right hand, of which arm's elbow rested on the door panel, pressed against her lips. The context is that she was weeping with stifled sobs, and smothered her sniffs. My concern ...
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Sentence Construction

The governors would, of course, agree to your being admittedly pensioned. I could not understand the use of your being here; why does this sentence construction used here? (As I've often ...
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What is the difference between “many of whose” and “many whose”?

I have two examples: If you do try to discuss these new beliefs with them, many of whose minds are closed to new ideas will fight hard to keep themselves convinced and even try to change your mind ...
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“You not getting admission in MIT would have been so bad” or “Your…”?

Which one is correct? "You not getting admission in MIT would have been so bad" "Your not getting admission in MIT would have been so bad" Similarly: "he not offering you any help is hard to ...
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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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Possessive case: cosmetic issue prevention or cosmetic issues prevention

Which is correct: cosmetic issue prevention or cosmetic issues prevention? (That is, prevention of cosmetic issues. The context is just a title, something like: Cosmetic Issue Prevention Products.)
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Can I use possessive with “number + noun”, “noun + noun” and “adjective + noun”?

Can I use possessive with "number + noun", "noun + noun" and "adjective + noun"? 1) I guess this is one man's shirt. 2) I guess this is two women's house. 3) I guess this is three boys' ...
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Basic question about plural and possessive

I have multiple tables of different colors. What is the correct saying if I want to talk about the colors of all the tables ? The tables' colors. The table's colors. The tables colors. ...
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What can I use with living things to indicate possession other than “-'s”, “for” and double genitive?

A lot of grammar books say that with living things (a cat, a man), one can only use an -'s , for or double genitive so the only correct ways to say that a boy owns a hat are: A boy's hat (...
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Which is better? “Student Performances” or “Students' Performances”

I was told to use "Students' Performances" instead of "Student Performances" for the cover page of a video project that shows the performances of students from several schools for a rally and ...
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using possessive apostrophe with country names

Why is it so that it is more correct to say In India, Independence Day is not on August 14th. instead of India's Independence Day is not on August 14th. ? Is it because the usage of ...
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Personal pronoun with a gerund or infinitive?

My father never approved _____ a foreigner.   a. her to marry  b. her marrying  c. she marrying  d. she not marry Please answer the question with an explanation.
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It's a book of my mother's VS It's my mother's book

Am I right about this: It's a book of my mother's - it proves she has several books and this one It's my mother's book - it doesn't prove the other books' existence. It proves only this one's one, ...
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The blue one's car is burning AND The blue ones' car is burning

Can we use the possessive "'s" for "one" -I am seeing a green guy and a blue one. -The blue one's car is burning Is it correct? The same about pluraul: -I am seeing green guys blue ones. ...
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Comparison by 'as'

If I have two questions and both of them can be solved by the same concept then if I want to say that 'the explanation of second sentence is same as first sentence'. Is it correct, can I say this? ...
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How often -if any- are the possessive pronouns “its” or “his” used?

How often -if any- are the possessive-pronouns "its" or "his" used? Based on many sites and books, the possessive pronouns for 3rd person singular for people or nouns it's "its" (for "it") or "his" ...
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“it fulfills its full business name”

The Client hereby undertakes to comply with the Collection Hub’s Terms and Conditions and for the evidence of this acceptance it fulfills its full business name, name of the acting representative and ...
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Favorite Vintage Life Photo's / Favorite Vintage Life's Photos

I have a title that I need help with. I have a community on G+ called The Vintage Life where members show photographs of the past. I created a collection of my foavorit pictures from there, and called ...
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Possessive + non-ing noun phrase (Your joining the forum)

From a grammar book, I got this example of gerund transformation: Adam joined the forum. Transformed into a gerund phrase: Adam's joining the forum What if there is a noun before joining like ...
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Who have vs. With (What's the difference?)

Someone who has something. Someone with something. What is the difference between the two sentences? Here is the question I got in GMAT: In 1776 Adam Smith wrote that it is young people who ...
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When should I use “ 's ”

If I want to describe a development process of some company called "The Company", should I use "'s" at the end of the company name(The Company)? What are the cases when I shouldn't use " 's " at the ...
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Yesterday's performance / performance of / performance for

He is a fast bowler of repute, but his yesterday's performance wasn't up to the mark. Which is the correct option to replace the bold part in above sentence ? A) performance of yesterday B) ...
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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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Do I need to repeat 'of the'?

Let us suppose you are a repairman. Each evening you must check the condition of the fireplace and of the boiler?
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Is the word “breaking” in the following sentence correct?

I always carried an extra mask on my belt, in the case of mine breaking. I thought maybe it could end in "break". Sorry if it's obvious, I'm not a native speaker.