Questions tagged [possessives]

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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.
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Using the Saxon genitive or not?

Back in school I learned about the Saxon genitive, but I see it's rarely used in both written and spoken English. Is it true? Should I avoid to use it? It seems to me that it's more common when I'm ...
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Organization: it or its?

When offerering to an organization I have heard that it is better to use use it as singluar (instead of they). But I am confused over this sentence: "In this paper, we focus on the initiative of ...
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“it fulfills its full business name”

The Client hereby undertakes to comply with the Collection Hub’s Terms and Conditions and for the evidence of this acceptance it fulfills its full business name, name of the acting representative and ...
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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 favorite 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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