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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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“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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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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One of my friend's OR friends' wife? (My friend has only one wife)

Anita is Neil's wife. Neil is one of my friends. Now, how do I refer to Anita? Think that I'm telling someone who does not know the couple. One of my friend's wife OR One of my friends' wife ...
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“the wife” instead of “my wife”, are there any other contexts where a possessive pronoun gets replaced by a definite article?

In English, one occasionally sees a replacement of my wife by the wife, such as in this sentence: there was a sudden thud and I joked to the wife that someone had run into us Does this ...
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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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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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Is there a rule that prohibits us from using 2 possessives in a row?

An English teacher made a comment on my usage of the phrase, "Our last week's meeting", saying that it should be, "last week's meeting", is there a rule for this?
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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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“She is at the dentist's now”

Why must we add an 's? Why "she is at the dentist's now" instead of "at the dentist"?
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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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(The) Putin's ratings shot up. Is the definite article allowed here?

In a sentence where the definite article precedes someone's name, as in this example: The war campaign has boosted the Putin's ratings. could the definite article be used? Would the above example ...
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Possessive and language cases

I've just been told my current understanding of possessives is ungrammatical, it was noticed in this sentence The iPhone has been the most successfully sold Apple 's product and I was advised to ...
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Why “The blog of Bill Gates” and not “The Bill Gates' blog”?

Let's open https://www.gatesnotes.com/ The title of the site is "The blog of Bill Gates" Why "The blog of Bill Gates" and not "The Bill Gates' blog"? Is it the possessive case or not?
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One should love everyone's wife. Is it right grammatically?

I want to know whether the sentence one should love everyone's wife is correct grammatically or not. I think it's grammatically correct but meaning differs from the sentence One should love one's ...
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Use master thesis or master's thesis

Is this sentence correct? Master thesis to obtain the degree Master of Science I am really not sure about the 's here.
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“A patients guide” or “A patient's guide”?

I am working on one of my employer's websites, and we have a video guide up for patients of how a particular procedure works. The guide was previously titled "A patients guide to [X]", but I have ...
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“A my friend”, “A friend mine”

Why do I need to place the preposition "of" before the possessive pronoun "mine" in this sentence? A friend of mine. What would happen if I didn't place it like in the sentence "a friend mine". Is ...
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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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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 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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Possessive of a possessive

Apostrophe or apostrophe + s is used to show possession; e.g. StackExchange's English Language Learners or Webmasters' favorite, just to name a few examples. But what if a proper noun ends in ...
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The key to my room. Vs The key of my room

To. Vs of I am looking for the key of my room. I am looking for the key to my room. I have just known that the second is right and the first is wrong. However, sometimes it is ...
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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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Using the genitive with “this week”

Since a noun can be used as modifier of another noun (e.g. family in "good family house"), is it grammatically correct to use this week as modifier, or is only the genitive possible with this week? ...
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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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Usage of “be of”

I've just read an article and saw this sentence: Hence, characterization of squat cracks is of particular interest for this research. Why is there a of? If I restructured this like "... cracks is ...
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Alternatives to whose

I've just written on another SE site: My problem is that I can't ignore a file whose name I don't know and I keep wondering whether there's another word for whose in this case. Somehow it sounds ...
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Using ('s) for “is”

Can I write name then using ('s). For example Janny's 18 years old?
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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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“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. ...
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Which one is correct word? People or People's

Which word is correct and what is the difference between these words? People People's I heard somebody say, "People's does not work in a sentence. People means a group of humans. Why would you make ...
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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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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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three hundred dollars bail — shouldn't it be “three hundred dollar bail” without an “s”?

Link to the Youtube video (it's right at the beginning of the video when the reporter says that) Transcript: James Rhein is out on three hundred dollars bail after being charged with criminal ...
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The possessive case of multiple nouns

Which sentence is the most natural? I visited Tom and Mary's school. I visited Tom's and Mary's school. I visited the school of Tom and Mary.
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Should we say “what are your name?” not “what is your name?”?

My student today asked me why we say "what is your name?" instead of "what are your name?". I think we should say "what are your name?" since your/her takes "are"! Please explain. Thank you in ...
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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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I have no car. I don't have a car [duplicate]

What's the difference between them, and I know that their meanings or the same but I don't know how they both are grammatical. I have no car. I don't have a car.
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Possessive form of plural nouns

Which one from following would be correct: woman pilots. women pilots. And the usage of which one from following options would be correct: Women's jobs Women jobs Woman jobs Woman's jobs. I cannot ...
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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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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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a one minute's talk

I know that the right way to say it is: a one-minute talk one minute's talk However, I come across these examples: Batt's track, “A One Minute's Silence”, consists of the absence of any ...
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Can we use ' 's ' with the names of the cities or towns?

Which of these can we say? London's people are happy. The people of London are happy. People are happy in London. People in London are happy.
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How is the “'s” related to the death of a person or of an animal

"Camel hair" is, among other things, the hair of a camel. Since we talk about "sheep's wool" or "lamb's wool", why don't we use the "'s" after camel in the case above? Perhaps some historical reason ...
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“A friend told me” vs “My friend told me” vs “One of my friends told me”

I want to know which of the forms mentioned below are most used in conversation. A friend told me … My friend told me … One of my friends told me … Here are what I think are the ...
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Singular/ plural agreement in possessive constructions

Which is correct: the arrival of some flights is delayed the arrivals of some flights are delayed I think #2 is correct, because we have one arrival for each flight. However, in Persian ...
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Are commas necessary before and/or after a possessive appositive?

Which is correct: It's my daughter's, Mary's, birthday. It's my daughter, Mary's, birthday. It's my daughter, Mary's birthday. It's my daughter Mary's birthday.
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“Much to” to use possessive proper noun first or pronoun first?

Ben was elated. He had won the first prize for an art competition. Which is correct? Much to Ben's elation, he had won the first prize for an art competition Much to his elation, Ben had won ...

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