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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 ...
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possessive needed? …“to impact patients' lives by…”

Is a possessive needed on the word patients in the following mission statement? I feel it clutters the phrase somewhat and need advice. To meaningfully impact patients' lives by democratizing ...
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What is the possessive of Saint John's?

We have a city here in Canada named Saint John's. It is always spelt that way; the 's is part of the name (this must be a very unusual case, I'm not sure). What would be the correct way to refer to ...
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“the legs of the table” vs “the table's legs”

I got this quiz: The carpenter repaired __ . (A) the table's legs (B) table's legs (C) legs of the table (D) the legs of the table ...which says the right answer is D. But I ...
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How to compose a sentence for possession? Apostrophe or preposition?

I would like to know the difference between these sentences: I have never seen any of his father's cars (I think it's correct). I have never seen any cars of his father (I think it's wrong). In ...
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Whom I am teaching?

Is "whom" in that sentence correct? She's a mother of one of my students whom I am teaching on Skype
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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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Are possessive nouns with apostrophe plural?

The center's much-hyped attempt to privatise Air India by disinvesting 74 percent equity has come a cropper. I am still not able to understand how "attempt" is considered as noun rather then verb. ...
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Possessive case in 'Jacobi identity'

I am not sure this is the right place to ask, but I give it a try anyway. I am reading a book about how to write math. At some point the author shows the grammar rule for the possessive case: e.g. ...
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Question about genitive case

How should I put the genitive case in this sentence: The investors’ and businessmen’s trust. Or The investors and businessmen’s trust. I know if two nouns are sharing something we ...
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I had handed in projects which were past the deadline

Let's say you were storytelling your past academic shortcomings. And you say: "I was not a perfect student when I was still studying at school. For instance, I had handed in projects which were ...
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When can two pronouns being compared in a sentence be of different types?

I came across a sentence on one of the pages on stackexchange today - He resents your being more popular than he is I always thought that while comparing two pronouns they should always be of the ...
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What is the difference between using in possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns structures?

What is the difference between using in possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns structures? For example: You car is faster than my car. (possessive adjective) Versus Your car is ...
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Possesive Adjective Problem

Which one is true when the gender of the person is not accurate? The writer must state his/her own opinions in the paper The writer must state its own opinions in the paper
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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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The Use of s-Genitive

I'm writing my essay about corruption (Part II.) and I have already come across two words (one of which is rewritten for political reasons)... MAMESZ and police ...that have to be put into the ...
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Why do they use “her” for Titanic?

I was reading the Wikipedia's page on RMS Titanic and just noticed numerous references to the ship by possessive her. Why don't they simply use "its" for Titanic?
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Galois Theory — an implied genitive or not genitive at all?

In the field of mathematics there are many concepts named after certain individuals: the Pythagoras's theorem, Galois theory, Hilbert space and so forth. In my native tongue of Finnish the person's ...
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Saxon genitive or Of

Why do people use "of" in some phrases, like this one: •"These are the contacts of my dad" And not •"These are my dad's contacts" I've seen sentences like the first-one so often.
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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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“Device calibration” or “calibration of a device”?

I need to know how to specify something in English, I mean for example in the following case: "Device calibration" or "calibration of a device"? How can I know which is the right one? What is ...
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Is the definite article omitted in this sentence?

I ran into this sentence in a Fortune article: The life sciences arm of Google umbrella company Alphabet is bugging out. Is the definite article missing in this sentence? Should it be written as: ...
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Would it be correct to say “this is of him” instead of “This is his” or “This belongs to him”?

Would it be correct to say "This is of him" instead of "This is his." or "This belongs to him."? The same question I would ask about "It is of me." instead "It is mine.", or "It of of you." instead "...
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When to use “one of”?

Although the question is about possessives, I got it wrong because I am confused whether to use one of or not. The correct answer is D. I marked C because I thought that D is awkward and wordy. ...
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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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“Body tissues” or “body's tissues”?

How can I determine what's the correct way to use the possessive 's in cases like the following one? "Body tissues" or "body's tissues"? I'm always confused in that and I would like to know ...
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What's the correct usage of “something of something” and “something's something”? 'S and OF

First of all, I don't know how to correctly call this. Possessive case? Educate me, please. Lol. I've been confused a long time when using 's and of in different cases when I try to point out the ...
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Genitive Case, when use apostrophe and why not allways

I'm writing an article about computer science and I have the following problems: Is method's name the same as method name? Is attribute’s name the same as attribute name? Is property's name the ...
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Are"the name of my brother's friend's father is John' or 'My brother's friend's father's name is John' grammatical?

How can we say complex possessive patterns? Are these sentences grammatical? "the name of my brother's friend's father is John' or 'My brother's friend's father's name is John' There are ...
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what is the pronunciation of boys' with both possessive s and plural s?

We are having a debate about the pronunciation of boys' with a plural s and a possessive s. Is there a pause at the end of the s or we just pronounce it with no pauses? is there a rule we should ...
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Whose name vs. The name of whom

The book whose name is "Manwatching" is written by Jellison. Or The book the name of which is "Manwatching" is written by Jellison. EDIT: After reading the comments below, I've revised the ...
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“Russia's regions” or “Russian regions”?

In other words, if X contains Y, do you say "X's Y"? Does the fact that X contains Y constitute possession of Y by X? "Russian regions" is 10 times more popular on Google Scholar, so "Russian" is ...
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Which adjective to use for a personification of living being (her/his or its)?

Which adjective to use for a personification of living being (her/his or its)? Nature offers its/her lap to one who seeks it. Death completes its/his course, no one can stop it/him. I was ...
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Is it possible to form possessive just changing the order?

I saw this two examples: The emperor of China and China's emperor. Is it possible to say: "China emperor" without the apostrophe? I saw some examples in ficcion books, like: The England's king ...
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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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My father and my birthday/My father's birthday and mine/My father's and my birthday…something else?

As an esl teacher I'm a bit embarrassed about this one. I have some groups on WhatsApp to practice English and in one of them a student put: "Today is birthday of my father and my." What would the ...
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Meaning of “your” in “Do you know your ABC?”

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary's article for "ABC" contains the following example: Do you know your ABC? I wonder why "your" is used in this example sentence. ABC in the stated meaning ...
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“Our class’ picnic” or “Our class picnic”

I have an exercise which requires me to choose the incorrect word or phrase in a sentence and correct it: We all looked forward to going on our class's picnic on the last day of the semester. It ...
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which is correct either “my playing” or “playing my” [closed]

Do following two words can be used interchangeably for making a sentence? which is correct either "my playing" or "playing my".
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Look at all those Eggman's robots! — is this grammatically correct?

In Sonic Heroes, Tails often says: "Look at all those Eggman's robots!" when there are a lot of robots that belong to Eggman in the area. Now, all over the web, this is sarcastically referred to as "...
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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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Possessive Pronouns Usage: Mine, Hers, His

It's mine Which is simple and I can use it without any doubt anywhere. However, the below examples with "his" & "hers" are not that simple to me to use in my daily usage. I want to know how a ...
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“driver contact details” vs. “driver's contact details” [duplicate]

You’ll receive your driver contact details. You’ll receive your driver's contact details. Can you tell me please which of these sentences is correct? Is 's necessary or not in this context?
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Possession without using apostrophe ( ‘s ) or ( of )

Is there a rule to show possession without using apostrophe ( ‘s ) or ( of ). There are expressions such “car tyre”, “ windshield wipers”, “bike rack” or “quality control process” all these examples ...
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Is a possessive apostrophe required after minutes in “After a few minutes' use…”?

Wondering if a possessive apostrophe is correct after 'minutes' in the sentence: "After a few minutes' use, the hairdryer stopped working."? I know it's correct to have one in the sentence "In a few ...
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quarter results or quarter's result?

I'd like to know whether the possessive 's is needed in the following: The manager is satisfied with the quarter's results. I'd appreciate your help.