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Possessives - “this year's question paper” or “this year question paper”

I found this in a grammar book: Wrong Sentence - All the candidates felt that this year's question paper was too easy. Right Sentence - All the candidates felt that this year the question ...
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Did my sister state these properly?

The girl's clothes are more expensive than the boys. The camel is called as the ship of the dessert. My sister said these things; are they correct? I'm wondering if the grammar is correct ...
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Possessives for renting etc.?

As a German willing to learn the English rules for apostrophes, I am confused about using it for possessives because I don't know what is exactly a possessive. Is it only for objects which someone ...
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To provide the key insight of this method

Is the following sentence grammatical? To provide the key insight of this method, we make use of an example to illustrate it.
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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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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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Two possessive pronouns (hers, yours) in a sentence

You both have good cars. But hers is better than yours. Can I say that? I know that I can say "But her car is better than yours." Would it be too much to use two possessive pronouns in a sentence?
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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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It is difficult for me to understand 'of'

I'm not a native English speaker. In our nation it is very difficult to understand meaning of 'of'. It's easy to understand : noun of noun ex) a friend of mine, a tire of the car but this is very ...
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Is “a major years' ” wrong?

The government said it would replace the program with a new Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Fund, which will require immigrants to invest money, rather than just loan it. The shift comes as ...
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Saxon genitive usage

Could someone please let me know which is more correct? Or are they both correct maybe? The Company's board of directors has decided.... The board of directors of the company has decided...
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What's the meaning of “hand out” and “fliers of a woman” in this sentence?

From CNN Student News, January 22, 2014: It tells that how the Russian Police guard Sochi -- a city in Russia which is supposed to hold the Winter Olympics in 2014. 40,000 Russian police and ...
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Student's Book vs. Student Book

Today my daughter and I were listening to directions in a children's course where the speaker said something like "[in the] student book"; I was not really sure about "in the" part. My daughter said ...
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Is this sentence correct grammatically?

I am writing for a contest: having a Master degree will give my chances their best to find employment after graduation. I am especially asking about the word their.
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'The' with noun expressions containing personal names

It is often not clear whether to use the definite article when a personal name is used. Tolstoy's books. — It is John's property. — Somewhere in Steinbeck country. but... The ...
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Possessive of plural nouns

Which of the following is the correct possessive of plural? Peoples' homes People's homes? Peoples homes?
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Plural object possessive

Which is correct if all the chairs have the same cover? "The chairs' covers," or "The chairs' cover."
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“Name of film” versus “film's name” [duplicate]

Is there any difference between "name of film" and "film's name"? How can I say that I need to remember film's name?
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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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possessive form with plural subjects

Larry and Tom own a hardware store. To me there are two possible ways to use the possessive form: Larry and Tom's hardware store. or Larry's and Tom's hardware store. The first speaks and ...
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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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Is it necessary to use the possessive determiner in this sentence?

English uses the possessive determiner where in Italian would not use it. For example, "Take your hands out of your pockets!" is translated in Italian as Togli le mani dalle tasche! Even if I am using ...
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Possessive and who

I have another question regarding how to use the word "who" with possessive nouns. This is Jane's brother, who was in your class back in 2005. I want to refer this "who" to Jane, not the brother, ...
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Why is it correct to drop the 's in “a Jane Austen['s] fragment”?

A long time ago a user asked a question on EL&U with the following title: Meaning of a Jane Austen's fragment in this letter Another user edited it, dropping the 's, turning the title into the ...
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Using the genitive with “University of Phoenix at”

Today, I have a question regarding using apostrophes with long proper nouns such as the "University of Phoenix at Little Rock". Should I say the following? This person is a graduate of the ...
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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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“x's y” or “y of x”

Which or following phrases are correct? Why? Can you please guide me to use correct construct? the cat's eyes, eyes of the cat the table's legs, legs of the table this year's spring , spring of this ...
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Rephrasing “There was not enough commitment on my part or John's.”

(migrated from https://english.stackexchange.com/) Are the following all correct and semantically equivalent? And even if they are, which ones are preferred and why? There was not enough commitment ...
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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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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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“church's tradition” or “church tradition”

On Friday, three days before his resignation was made public, O'Brien told the BBC that celibacy should be reconsidered since it's not based on doctrine but rather church tradition and "is not of ...
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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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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? ...