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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 ...
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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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