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Favorite Vintage Life Photo's / Favorite Vintage Life's Photos

I have a title that I need help with. I have a community on G+ called The Vintage Life where members show photographs of the past. I created a collection of my foavorit pictures from there, and called ...
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Possessive + non-ing noun phrase (Your joining the forum)

From a grammar book, I got this example of gerund transformation: Adam joined the forum. Transformed into a gerund phrase: Adam's joining the forum What if there is a noun before joining like ...
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When should I use 's or of for possession?

I've learned in school that I should use 's only for people when it means possession. But after a while, I realized that is not true. When should I use 's or of when the meaning is possession?
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Proper usage of the suffix 's in this sentence

So I was reading a post explaining a quote on ELU when I saw this sentence: "Caliban is indeed a character in a Shakespeare play." So my question is: Shouldn't the suffix 's be used on Shakespeare in ...
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Who have vs. With (What's the difference?)

Someone who has something. Someone with something. What is the difference between the two sentences? Here is the question I got in GMAT: In 1776 Adam Smith wrote that it is young people who ...
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And the fete at the English ambassador's?

the SOURCE WAR AND PEACE "And the fete at the English ambassador's? Today is Wednesday. "S" is of possession, means should ambassador followed by a noun. Where is the noun?
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that brother of John

Can one say a. I am thinking about that door of the house which is locked. b. I am thinking about the door of the house which is locked. c. I am thinking about that brother of John who is a doctor. ...
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When should I use “ 's ”

If I want to describe a development process of some company called "The Company", should I use "'s" at the end of the company name(The Company)? What are the cases when I shouldn't use " 's " at the ...
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Their names, the names of them

Is the construction "the names of them" used in the sense "their names" totally ungrammatical? Is it acceptable in dialects?
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Possessive 's for referring to time

I'm a bit confused. Is it possible to use possessive 's this way: - morning's news (instead of the morning news); - morning's accident (instead of the morning accident); Let me explain how I ...
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“Everyone put on his coats” or “everyone put on their coats”

Which is grammatically correct and why? Everyone put on his coats and went home. Everyone put on their coats and went home.
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Possesive with “between”

I'm a bit stuck here. Since your and my are followed by a noun and yours and mine are not, the following sentences should be: I'm standing between your and my car. But this seems really wrong. Yet, ...
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“Baker House” or “Baker's House” for combined business and home

I'm trying to say by this expression that I am baker and this is my home. This is the name of my business - cafe & bakery. And customers is like a guests in my home. Are this expression is correct?...
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Which one out of the two is correct and sounds idiomatic

Me going to a strip club can ruin my social image. My going to a strip club can ruin my social image. Well I guess that isn't actually the case. I think using possessive or pronoun actually depends ...
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Using 's in possession

Could you explain the difference between these two examples? 1) Mary's and George's children are... 2) Mary and George's children are... Also, I have seen in a newspaper a sentence where there was ...
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Is it possible to use the genitive with these expressions?

Why don't we say "cat's food' but "cat food", is it because the owner is not a human? Can we say pets' food?
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How to use an apostrophe for two or more names?

In this sentence: In Fermat, Lagrange, Newton and Gauss studies [...]. Where should we put the apostrophe? The complete sentence is here: Besides Fermat, Lagrange, Newton and Gauss' studies ...
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When to use “of” rather than “'s” to show possession?

Sometimes when writing a sentence I ask myself when to use what. For instance: "the screen of my iphone" sounds as natural to me as "my iphone's screen". Are both okay? I do know that "the shirt of ...
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Is it correct to use the English possessive with generic nouns?

I know that a sentence like "My cat's head is black" is correct, because the head is that of a specific cat. But what if I want to write "I found a lizard's tail under my bed"? In this case the tail ...
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How to say it about my brother in law guitar? [duplicate]

The most precious thing for me was .... a) my brother-in-law guitar b) my brother’s-in-law guitar c) my brother-in-law’s guitar d) my brother’-in-law guitar e) my brother’s-in-law’s guitar
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Sentence Construction

The governors would, of course, agree to your being admittedly pensioned. I could not understand the use of your being here; why does this sentence construction used here? (As I've often ...
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Shall I write 'Govt Girls School' or 'Govt Girls' School'? [duplicate]

Should I write 'girls school' or ' girls' school' with an apostrophe? Which one is correct?
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how to use “at…convenience”

Which sentence below uses the correct sentence structure? I'm at the Hearing Officer's convenience. I'm at the convenience of the Hearing Officer.
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I would like to thank everyone for their/ I would like to thank everyone for your

I have searched on the in the internet for examples of both usages and I came across this post in a thread at this forum We would like to thank everyone for their support. We would like to ...
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using “possessive pronoun”

In English, we can say "we went on holiday with some friends of ours" or, "we went on holiday with some friends of our own", but we can say "we went on holiday with our some friends" or not?
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Is the apostrophe used correctly in “people's interest in their ancestor's family…”?

Let me more specific here For the last two decades, people's interest in their ancestor's family, cultural and living background have been increasing. There are two questions. The first question ...
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Are the meanings of “Car's broken door” & “Broken door of car” the same? [duplicate]

Are the meanings of these two phrases the same? If not, what is the difference? Car's broken door vs Broken door of car
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“That of”, “those of”, and possessives

Is it true that the possessive form is not used for a noun which is being compared to by "that of" or "those of"? For example: ... making your products or services different from and more ...
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A new look on the “possessive+ gerund” vs “objective pronoun + gerund”

Today I asked a question on this issue and my intention was to know more about the difference between the two sentences that I provided in the question, but it was marked as a duplicate of this and ...
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“What is funny in people being injured?” vs “What is funny in peoples' being injured?” [duplicate]

Consider this as a question you asked from someone who thinks prank videos (stupid ones) are funny, especially those that show people getting hit severely or fall. Which one of the following fits to ...
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“A patients guide” or “A patient's guide”?

I am working on one of my employer's websites, and we have a video guide up for patients of how a particular procedure works. The guide was previously titled "A patients guide to [X]", but I have ...
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Cries of (the?) widows being burnt on their husband's (husbands'?) pyre

Raja Rammohan Roy was greatly pained when he heard the cries of ....... ? widows being burnt on their husband's pyres. the widows being burnt on their husband's pyres. widows being burnt on ...
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Yesterday's performance / performance of / performance for

He is a fast bowler of repute, but his yesterday's performance wasn't up to the mark. Which is the correct option to replace the bold part in above sentence ? A) performance of yesterday B) ...
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Why are some possessive pronoun not categorized as possessive adjectives?

In a book(Wren and Martin updated Indian edition) I am reading it is said: The forms my, our, your, her, their are called Possessive Adjectives because they are used with nouns and do the work of ...
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I went to the doctor's

I have run across such a sentence: Yesterday I was ill, so I went to the doctor's. What is the function of possessive here, that is doctor's?
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“Change is part of a business' growth”

I'm not entirely sure how to approach this. Change is part of a businesses growth. or Change is part of a business' growth. Which one is correct and why?
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How to show properties of “Plural Noun”?

If I'll say hostel of boys then may it'd be wrong because we use 'of' for lifeless things like buildings 'Floor of hall.' So I found difficulty showing properties of plural live noun. I'm unable to ...
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Each one of you - his / your

Which sentence is correct ? Each one of you must make up his mind. Or Each one of you must make up your mind. From the knowledge I have , Each is followed by his but since here we have one of you ...
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How to properly form a possessive case?

Let's say we have following cases: Color of death Death's color Death color Trying to answer the question "What color the death is?" which case is the right one? And what is the difference between ...
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your better life

Can one say: When he sees your better life, he will be jealous. Instead of: When he sees your life, which is better than his, he will be jealous. Can one say: When he sees your better house,...
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What is the correct form of possessive case for the noun 'mice'?

Mice is plural form of mouse. It is an animate noun. I wonder what possessive does it have in the plural? Should we write: 1) mice's behavior 2) mice' behavior or how?
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Usage of your and yours

When should one use your and yours. What is the difference in usage. Give some examples if possible, please. For example, Your question is interesting! Were those gloves his or yours? Why do we ...
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Tricky possesives in English

In this sentence: Jane's roof was destroyed in the tornado. The roof is not actually Jane's, it is the roof of Jane's house. What does grammar tell us?
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Meaning of the phrase 'in three months' time' [duplicate]

What does the bold phrase below mean? Why do they use the possessive? Why do they use the noun time? Yes, but he's getting married in three months' time. I have understood this sentence Yes, ...
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Using “I's” rather than “mine”

In a sentence, if I want to say "the items of my family and I ", can I say it in this way: my family and I's items or is the correct replacement "mine". Can an explanation to why "I's" is correct or ...
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“The person of lost umbrella” or “The person whose umbrella is lost”?

It was a mini dialogue, and there was a woman who has lost her umbrella, so it was asking me for the speaker (the woman), so I wrote "The person of lost umbrella". Should it be "The person of lost ...
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Let me change the meetings timing. Which is correct form from the below options [closed]

Let me change the meetings timing. or Let me change the meetings timings. or Let me change the meetings time.
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Saifur's, Shahin's, Mijan's [closed]

Some institutes are called Saifur's, Shahin's, Mijan's. Saifur is a person's name. His language institute reads 'S@ifur's. My question is why this institute is named with an apostrophe 's' at the ...
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Difficulties for Objects' Possessions (or Objects Prossession? What about Possessions of Objects?) [duplicate]

Well, as it is guessable from the title of the question, I have issues with possessions in general and for objects possession in particular. Here is my main concern, hope to get durable solutions: ...
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“Human survival” vs “ human's survival”

I found this: Fear is an essential attribute of human nature. It plays a crucial role in human survival. But we cannot use: Fear is an essential attribute of human nature. It plays a crucial ...