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Which noun does a DETERMINER follow in cases like “this/these”+“year's crops”?

Which of the following are correct and why are they and others aren't? This year's crops are much better. These year's crops are much better. This employees' boss is much better. These employees' ...
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..eating a pig's head..why not “pig head”?

In my grammar book, the following is stated: 2.5 animals 1. Use ’s when referring to the parts of the body of a living animal. 2. Use ’s when referring to the products of living animals. 3. ...
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Genitive for words that end with “ 's ”

"Dubai Customs" is a government department in Dubai. When we want to mention its employees, for example, what should we say? Dubai Customs' employees or Dubai Customs employees ...
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How to describe a definite one of Picasso's paintings as well as an indefinite one of them?

I'm sure there are many, many paintings drawn by Pablo Picasso. How do you refer to one of those paintings? First, here's what I know is a correct way of doing so: a. I saw a Picasso at a museum. ...
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Get in Someone like that’s car. Or Get in someone's like that car

Which is correct "Get in someone like that’s car." Or, "Get in someone's like that car."?.
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That house is my friend's

How to say correct: That house is my friend's That house is of my friend That house is of my friend's
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The Smith's paper vs the Parkinson's foundation

Following grammar rules I know (quoting): The ’s is placed immediately after the last letter of the author (or name, country, etc.). Note: do not use the before the name of the author. .. ...
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if referencing something contained in an Appendix, would I say appendix's?

So my paper is about a particular book and i'm referencing one of the appendices for my argument. The title of the appendix is Nagel's brain, and i'm trying to say the quote is from the appendix's/...
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Still confusing with 's in the phrase

I have read all the threads on it and am still confusing with this case Photographer's work is 24/7 or Photographer work is 24/7 it answers "whose?" question. The work of a photographer. Still ...
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Having as a possesion

Can we use Having as possession 1) i am having a car 2) i am having 2 brother
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Question structure for possessive pronoun [closed]

My paper is ready. I want to make this sentence into a question. In my view, it would be Is my paper ready? Is it correct according to English grammar? It might be correct but I need a reference....
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Correct structure of a sentence with “Have got”

how do I ask a question "What do you usually have in your bag when you go to the beach?" using "have got" for possession? Is it correct? "What have you usually got in your bag when you go to the ...
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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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She's someone's sister vs. She's someones' sister

I recently found on a website a picture from a gathering. An individual had a sign saying She's someone's sister. As a non-native English speaker, I'm wondering why isn't She's someones' sister the ...
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Apostrophes in Time expressions with articles

Reading a book called "English for Academic Research" from A. Wallwork, he mentiones this: The genitive is used when a time period is used adjectivally. 2. The genitive is not used when time ...
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Should it be ice cream or ice cream's

Should it be... Using heavy whipping cream will make the ice cream’s texture creamier OR Using heavy whipping cream will make the ice cream texture creamier. Is there ...
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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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Possessive Nouns as antecedents

While going through this website I came across the following sentence under 'Indirect Object': It was the cat’s birthday, so the dog bought her a present. How is her referring to cat ? Isn't ...
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Possessive with Two Nouns

Chicago (edit: The Chicago Manual of Style) says that when two nouns “possess” the same entity, only the second takes an apostrophe (‘): my aunt and uncle’s house Gilbert and Sullivan’s ...
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Definiteness in the {container} of {contents} construction

Let’s imagine the following situation: my friend gave me yesterday books. I put them into a box. Now, I have noticed that we should name the box as the box of books that my friend gave me not as ...
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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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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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insist on somebody('s) doing something

Which of the two sentences below is correct? Why do you insist so much on your child learning your native language? or: Why do you insist so much on your child's learning your native language?
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sheep's opinion or opinion of the sheep

This is a famous game of thrones quote: The lion does not concern himself with the opinion of the sheep. what is the difference between this sentence and this sentence: The lion does not ...
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“Your face looks like my sister's friend face” or “my sister's friend”?

Which sentence should I use to show that she has the same face and should I use feature instead of face? "Your face looks like my sister's friend face" or just "Your face looks like my sister'...
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Do I have to repeat possessive pronouns in a list?

Would it be okay to write: Nevertheless, we will analyze it because of its straightforward computation, prevalence in research and lack of qualitatively different results with other measures. or ...
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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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singular or plural : doctor's bills?

Should I use "doctor's bills" or "doctors' bills" in the following? All the money went on doctor’s bills. I'd appreciate your help.
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Gym changing room, why gym not genitive

In an English study book a task consisted of listening and writing down what you heard. One of the sentences was: Fiona and Charlotte met in the gym changing room. Why is the above correct? The ...
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A (Director's name) movie - why not possessive?

I have just watched a movie and noticed, during the opening credits: A James Cameron movie Why it is not "James Cameron's movie" when it actually is his film (in a sense that he directed it). Why ...
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using of possessive pronoun

The house is not only wives but husbands too, the children are not only mothers, fathers too. The house is not only of wives but husbands too, the children are not only of mothers, fathers too.
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Is “profit” a special case?

Company profits are down from last year's figures. (Copied from Cambridge dictionary.) 1) Why don't we use a possessive s? 2) Why do we use plural profits? 3) Why don't we use “the”? When you ...
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Where should the apostrophe go in “Cas's Cookies”?

My name is Cas and I make cookies to sell. I call my little enterprise Cas's Cookies. Is this the proper use of an apostrophe? If I put the apostrophe after the second s then it changes my name to ...
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Do you have a pen? Can such sentences be converted into passive form?

Do you have a pen? The verb in the question is "have" which is a possessive verb. Can such questions be asked in passive form?
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Why is “several two hours' meetings” wrong?

Why is "several two hours' meetings" wrong? Any insight will be greatly appreciated. It is from an ECPE practice exam grammar section question. The boss won't be able to see you today as he has ...
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Plural possessive apostrophe with hyphen

I incorrectly assumed the following question involved plural possession. However, even if it did, is it ever acceptable to use an apostrophe for plural possession in a hyphenated word like this? ...
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Difference between students' vs students

I'm having difficulty understanding when to use students' vs students. I know you use students' when you're talking about more than one student. For example: "The students' homeworks were marked". ...
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police entering … is illegal

Is the apostrophe "s" necessary in the following? Police('s) entering a private house without a warrant is illegal. I'd appreciate your help.
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Heard (his saying/him saying/him say)

When telling somebody what you did in order to get (to discover, to see) what somebody else did, what should I say? For example: Let me hear you say "i got it!" So I do something in order to get (in ...
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can possessive of a noun come before the noun

I have been having some problem with this sentence. In Blood Creator, his greedy nature and obsessiveness are used as the most significant traits in the characterization of James. As you can see ...
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Possession or adjective: “Google's products” vs. “Google products” [closed]

My major responsibility is tuning search results on for several of Google's products. Is the above sentence correct or should I use Google instead of Google's?
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Can I use the pronoun “who” after an English possessive to refer to the possessor?

Then Mark held Mary's hand, who was still terrified. (Meaning, "Then Mark held Mary's hand, Mary being still terrified.) Can I use the pronoun "who" in this case, even if the preceding word is not ...
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Peeves’ or Peeves’s?

Why would Filch from Harry Potter 2 say: “… go now, I have to write up Peeves’ report … go …” Would saying Peeves’s have been a mistake?
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What is the meaning of 's in “eat at Joe's”?

When I learned English at school 's was described as the mark of possession, a case of genitive. But in the rhetorical Eat at Joe's, what does the 's mean exactly. Is it a shortcut for Joe's place or ...
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Yours Lovingly and Yours Loving [closed]

Can an informal Letter end as: 1) Yours Loving, John OR 2) Yours Lovingly, John OR 3) Your Loving Son, John I guess the 2nd and the 3rd ones are okay; I'm not sure about the 1st one, please help....
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Multiple definite articles

The example: "The/- managers of the/- individual centers will attend the upcoming meeting." Should I use both definite articles or not when I talk, in this case, about specific managers in charge ...
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Second “s” in names that ends with the s [duplicate]

Well, it's one particular name from One-Punch Man, Genos. Sometimes i see it's written as Geno's arm/body parts or something along the line, but not the Genos's arm/body parts. Where did second s go?
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Can we say “The sound of what is this?” or “This is the sound of what?” (American English)

In American English, can we say either of these sentences interchangeably? The sound of what is this? This is the sound of what? Context: Imagine I heard a sound at home which sounds like it ...
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Use of '“s” only in possession? [duplicate]

I am writing a scientific paper and I wonder if 's is only used refering to a possession. For example, I think "bird's feathers" is a correct expression, but I wonder if "bird's exposure", meaning ...
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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 ...