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“its something of” vs “something of it”

I am bit confused between the Possessive adjective and Preposition I got a car from India for my brother and its one wheel are made from Germany. I got a car from India for my brother and one ...
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“ species ” or “ species' ” or “ species's ”?

In an example used for describing the meaning of the word "biodiversity" in Cambridge dictionary the phrase "species habitat and biodiversity" is used: the number and types of plants and animals ...
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{days / days'} worth of stuff?

I'm confused. When reading a novel, I've encountered It's around 3 days worth of stuff. I thought "why not 3 days' worth of stuff?" So I checked the Sketchengine, and got 2.2k results for ...
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What's the subtle difference in meaning between “of”, “ 's” and compound nouns?

A lot of grammar books say that with living things (a cat, a man), one can only use an -'s , for or double genitive so the only correct ways to say that a boy owns a hat are: A boy's hat (...
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Possessive “s” vs no possessive “s” when referring to animate objects

Which one is better (as a question in a forum): Number of family members: ...... Number of family's members: .....
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“Seventeen days' notice” versus “seventeen day's notice” [duplicate]

Even in those days, this was incredibly rude! Giving the President of your country only seventeen days'' notice before making a speech, especially as he wasn’t top of the bill, would be unthinkable ...
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Family or family's?

I have a rather silly question that I can not work out the answer for. I've overthought it so much that I seem to have confused myself. If I am referring to something that belongs to my family would ...
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“Titan Dahl's hedge fund's website” vs. “Titan Dahl hedge fund's website”

Titan Dahl's hedge fund's website" or Titan Dahl hedge fund's website Methinks the second is correct. I need to know which of the sentences above is correct as I add plenty of references to an ...
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'I want to study all of them's subtitles.' - is that correct?

Please tell me, can I say following: I got 10 movies and I want to study ALL OF THEM'S English subtitles. My question refers to the words all of them's. Can I say that or must I use the normal ...
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Is it considered wrong to make a noun that is modified possessive?

I have heard people do this--make a noun that is modified with additional information (e.g. Aaron who didn't finish college's mom, The dog that is dirty's owner, etc.) possessive, but I don't think I'...
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The Difference between “the means of production” vs “means of production”?

Sometimes I see words like I mentioned that use without using article the. Is there any difference in meaning? Because as far as I know we should use article the for the possessive form of non-living ...
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possessive form or adjectival noun

I cannot see a pattern or rule that enables me to decide whether I should use possession structure or adjectival noun. election results: No one writes election's results and election is a modifier ...
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I appreciate “you trying” or “your trying”?

You said the names wrong. But I appreciate you trying. You said the names wrong. But I appreciate your trying. I saw the first sentence in a TV-show. Is it grammatical? I thought sentence 2 was ...
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Concerning the use of the possessive form in this context

In this newspaper article, just under the "China is reluctant to get too involved" heading, the possessive form has been used thus: Just a few minutes’ walk away from the Legislative Council ...
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Sir Alex Ferguson advice OR Sir Alex Ferguson's advice

I came across this title on a sports website Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should follow Sir Alex Ferguson advice over Real Madrid and Paul Pogba and was wondering why there was no possessive. Ole ...
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Am I correct about possessives?

1 When you say about a bird in general, you say "This is a feather of a bird", you can also say "This is a bird's feather". a. So when you say "These are feathers of a bird", so will you say "These ...
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Can you help me explain this?

1 When I say "This is a pig's trough.", so is the word "a" describing or attached to "pig" or "trough"? 2 When I say "This is the pigs' trough.", so is the word "the" describing or attached to "pigs" ...
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Which is better? “Student Performances” or “Students' Performances”

I was told to use "Students' Performances" instead of "Student Performances" for the cover page of a video project that shows the performances of students from several schools for a rally and ...
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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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Possessive 's with inanimate nouns (e.g. programming languages)

It has bothered me for a while. I am a software developer and I keep noticing things like the features of the Java 8's release during C++'s development period This method is one of the ...
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Makers Night, Maker's Night or Makers' Night?

We're running an evening craft fair soon and the posters are being designed. It's called "Makers Night", as the multiple independent stallholders who make and sell the crafts are also known as "makers"...
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using possessive apostrophe with country names

Why is it so that it is more correct to say In India, Independence Day is not on August 14th. instead of India's Independence Day is not on August 14th. ? Is it because the usage of ...
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Can “father” be used as “Dad”?

As "Dad" and "Mom" start with a capital letter if they came as the father and mother's names. Then, is it possible for "father" to be used in the same situation but without capitalizing its first ...
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“Someone else's”, “Someone's else”, and “Someone else's one”

For example: -- You should move your car out of the way. -- This is not my car but someone else's car. I want to get rid of the redundancy in the sentence which is presented by the second "...
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Adults department or adults' department?

Should it be adults department or adults' department? The Older Adults Department at CCSF offers non-credit classes specially designed for those 55 plus, but all are welcome to attend. Source: ...
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What is the difference between city centre and city's centre?

I was wondering about what's the difference because I always learned it as city centre, but now I read it like that, and... Is it the same?
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Do I need to repeat 'of the'?

Let us suppose you are a repairman. Each evening you must check the condition of the fireplace and of the boiler?
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Is “One's life of them” a valid phrase?

I want to use a phrase that takes the form of possession. It may be a matter of an apostrophe with s or a usage of a possessive pronoun, I suppose. What I want the phrase to mean and indicate is that ...
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Personal pronoun with a gerund or infinitive?

My father never approved _____ a foreigner.   a. her to marry  b. her marrying  c. she marrying  d. she not marry Please answer the question with an explanation.
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Use of possessive apostrophe with “every”

In the following sentence, can anyone tell me where the apostrophe should be placed please? Every coders' worst nightmare Every coder's worst nightmare I have a feeling that the second sentence is ...
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Sister's vs. Sisters'

Question regarding the use of apostrophe/ownership in the case of twins. Noun: The Night Sisters (who constitute a twin object). Sentence: Mary tended John throughout the Night Sisters passing. ...
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It's a book of my mother's VS It's my mother's book

Am I right about this: It's a book of my mother's - it proves she has several books and this one It's my mother's book - it doesn't prove the other books' existence. It proves only this one's one, ...
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The blue one's car is burning AND The blue ones' car is burning

Can we use the possessive "'s" for "one" -I am seeing a green guy and a blue one. -The blue one's car is burning Is it correct? The same about pluraul: -I am seeing green guys blue ones. ...
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I want to buy a building's corner?

If I am an insane person wanting to buy a corner of some building, can I say: I want to buy a building's corner? Or it should necessarily be said like: I want to buy a corner of some building? ...
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It's a car of my father's friend's

I read that we really could use the double possession like It's a car of my father's But somewhy we can't say: It's a car of my father's friend's Like, the triple possession? Is it true or we ...
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It's a book of my mother's

If we say: It's a book of my mother's How could this sentence be identified? Wrong, archaic, formal or something else?
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Choosing a shop name [closed]

Which one is more grammatically correct as a shop name, Valhalla’s Dojo or Valhalla Dojo? It’s a name for a game centre. My partners and I can’t seem to agree on this.
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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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