Questions tagged [possessives]

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"Consumers' wants" vs "Consumer wants"

In the Marketing, introduction book, there are two sentences one of which there is a use of apostrophe, but not the second. A. Societal marketing concept: The idea that a company’s marketing ...
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"The locations of the lobes of the lungs" - How to shorten it?

It's not comfortable for me to see two "of" in the sentence: "The locations of the lobes of the lungs" Could I say "lobes' lungs"?
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Apostrophes for possession: nouns

My best friend of the moment - 'Essential Grammar in Use' for elementary students by Raymond Murphy - says that 'we normally use -'s for people.' I stayed at my sister's house. (not the house of my ...
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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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What is difference between people and peoples?

Would anyone like to comprehensively explain? I am not sure peoples word exist or not. Kindly request to you all please explain about this. Thanks.
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Can I say "Give *her, her* book"?

For men I can ask "Is this his book?" and "Give him his book". What is the parallel for the women? "Is this her book"? and "Give her her book"? If so, why do the men have two kinds ...
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How to ask briefly about the ownership of a frying pan?

Near to my room there is a frying pan and I don't know who is the owner of this kitchen utensil. What is the correct way to ask it briefly? Whose this frying pan (is this correct?) Whose this frying ...
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Possessive form of the noun...why is it incorrect?

Jem could be malicious at times, as shown from Scout's explaining that Jem was pure evil. When I wrote this sentence, everyone said that I should not use the possessive form of "Scout" for some ...
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“The human's brain” vs “The human brain”: Possessive or not?

The human's brain works better in the morning. The human brain works better in the morning. Which is the correct sentence and why?
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Can 's be used with et cetera? [duplicate]

In the line below is it correct to use the 's with et cetera ? I was reading headlines of New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time et cetera's articles.
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Using "of" or apostrophe, which is more common?

Sometimes when I write, for example, "the boundaries of segments", I am suggested to use "segments' boundaries" or even "segment boundaries". Or "the page's content" vs. "the content of the page" vs....
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Compound nouns & Possessive nouns

I often get confused when I want to distinguish the nouns as adjectives from possessive nouns. For examples, these phrasings make me think and unsure. The syllabus highlights. Relationship ...
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Is the possessive gerund preferred in "with Windows 7's being installed"?

I have to work on my laptop with Windows 7's being installed. Can the possessive gerund be used in this way? In case this phrase doesn't make sense: I'm trying to say that on my laptop Windows 7 is ...
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When should we use Possessive Case?

could you then email our New York office with the sales figures for this month? It's part of a conversation but I've written this just for example. Why must we say "New York Office" rather than "New ...
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Using "the" before "most"

Consider these two sentences: 1) It is powerful enough to cover most scenarios of content extraction. 2) It is powerful enough to cover the most scenarios. (or better the most possible ...
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"the page elements" or "the page's elements"

Many times I see constructions like the node's text , the node text the node's tag, the node tag the page elements, the page's elements the page footer (to mean the footer of page), the page header......
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The 's' or 'es' word

Where do exactly put the 's' or 'es' word on the sentences? And why using that word on sentence? And when the right time to add the 's' or 'es' word?
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"the" before of-phrases [duplicate]

I feel most the time there is a "the" before of-phrases Consider the following sentence I wrote: As an example of the role of the context in the classification of a node, suppose we want to remove ...
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Using/avoiding "the" after/before possessive construction with"of"

I am wondering when we should use "the" after a possessive construction with "of"? Is this necessary to use/avoid "the" before a possessive construction with "of"? For example, consider: the ...
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Possessive construction : "elements positions" vs. "element positions"

The question may appear like this question, however here I doubt the plurality of the second noun What is correct, and what is the difference of elements position elements' positions elements ...
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Singular possessive, plural possessive or neither

For example suppose we record the actions (clicks) a user performs during the use of software. What "the order of actions" is called and what is the meaning of the following choices? action order (...
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"Our house floor" or "our house's floor"? [duplicate]

What's the correct form? Example: Our house floor was sparkling clean. Our house's floor was sparkling clean. I always get confused about this. And when I search on Google I always get the ...
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I go to my house, my school, my church, my office - (mis)use of my

I go to my church on Sunday. Someone keeps arguing it is correct but it feels like my church implies that the speaker owns or runs the church. I feel that the more appropriate sentence could be ...
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[The]: Why "I know the tower's height" but "I know Bryan’s height"?

I know the tower's height — with the I know the Bryan’s height — without the Questions: What's the general rule for using the with possessive ('s)? In the first sentence the is used because of ...
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"I know Bryan’s height" or "I know Bryan height"?

I know that the first is correct. Is the second correct too? Why? And two more examples to make it clearer: I know the tower height vs I know the tower's height vs I know height of the ...
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Avoding repeating a word in pocessive constructions [closed]

I have the following sentence: Then a dialogue box opens in which the user can specify some distinguishing properties for the anchor using its text value or a pattern in the text How can I avoid ...
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"24 hours' notice" or "24 hours notice"?

Which one is correct? 1: Well, you canceled on Tuesday and our policy is 24 hours' notice for all cancellations. 2: Well, you canceled on Tuesday and our policy is 24 hours notice for all ...
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How to construct this sentence: "The manager of the representative"?

How can I construct this sentence "The manager of the representative"? I mean about something like this: "representative's manager" The full sentence is: The manager of the representative said to ...
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That's dog's feet

You see a set of feet of an animal, and someone asks you a question: What kind of animal has these feet? Would all the following answers be correct, especially the ones with singular pronouns?...
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Use of genitive

I was reading an English document when I noticed something: RFC 4033 [Section 8.1.] It is important to note the distinction between a RRset's TTL value and the signature validity period specified by ...
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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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Correct pronunciation of possessives ending on "-s" [duplicate]

What's the correct pronunciation of possessives ending on "-s"? For example, Mrs Harris's house. Mr Rices's dog. Noriss's estate.
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Is "X of Y" a more official statement than "Y's X"?

For example the building's history History of the building
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Possessive 's VS is 's

I'm a teacher and every time that it comes to teach possessive 's VS is 's, students get confused and can't distinguish them. For example: Rita's brother's name's John. They can't understand ...
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"How much is its cost" vs "How much does it cost"

When buying something, what it more suitable to ask the seller? How much does it cost? How much is its cost? I know that the word "cost" is a verb and noun as well, but my question is ...
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Correct pronoun to refer to 'The London University'

When referring to institutions (companies, colleges, universities) is it correct to use third person plural (they)? The first time I've ever seen such a thing was years ago here. Recently in a test I ...
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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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Using ('s) for "is"

Can I write name then using ('s). For example Janny's 18 years old?
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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 difference between "Chemistry students' group" and "Chemistry student's group"?

I'm not English native speaker, that's why I'd like to understand the following thing: What is the difference between "Chemistry students' group" and "Chemistry student's group"? What is the meaning ...
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difference between "those of competitors" and "competitors"?

What is different between "those of competitors" and "competitors" in this sentence? But if she eased, her first steps would lag behind those of her competitors. But if she eased, ...
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a programmer's text editor (sing.), programmer's text editors (pl.) -- a noun in the possessive case as an adjective?

Example: You see just because you can work in a plain text editor and it is useful from time to time, doesn't mean you have to and you probably won't want to. Because with a basic text editor you'...
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How to interpret: Love of something or someone

Saw the phrase "love of fate" and found that it means the quality of loving (or rather embracing) one's fate, I got some questions. Sentences A. He has the love of her. B. He has the love ...
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Can 'that' ever modify book in these sentences?

Can that (either separately or as the first word of a phrase) modify "book" in the following: 1 I have never heard of that Jane Austen's book. I.e., can the sentence be equivalent to I have ...
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The body's cells or The body cells?

I'm not native English speaker and I'm confused about the two following options: Should I use the possessive apostrophe or not? Option no.1: They help in carrying oxygen to the body's cells. Option ...
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"I don't have the car tomorrow."

My friend and colleague doesn't have a car but he often uses his dad's car; so when he drives to work he most frequently picks me up and we go together. Last night he texted me and said: "I don't ...
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Should I use an apostrophe for the possessive of "robot"?

I would like to know the correct usage when referring to the personal experience that belongs to a robot, is it: Manifestation of robot's personal experience Manifestation of robot personal ...
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apostrophes - team's size vs. team size [duplicate]

Which form is correct in expressions like this: 1) team's size or 2) team size? And a similar one: 1) actual period length or 2) actual period's length. Is there any rule?
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Genitive Saxon: Do you append apostrophe s ('s) after plurals and words ending with s?

Should the apostrophe and the s of genitive Saxon be used after plural forms or words ending with the letter s? For example: airplanes wings must be defrosted before taking off or airplanes's ...
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Adjective or possessive?

Consider the following sentence: Who is the president of France? I want to build a shorter sentence and I don't know if I should use a noun adjective or possessive mark: Who is the France's ...

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