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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 ...
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Noun after “their” must be plural?

Let me choose date of birth as the noun because each person exactly has only one. Which is the correct sentence? A or B? A: They write their date of birth on the given form. B: They write ...
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Possessives with names and objects

Let's look at a few examples: The history of the Titanic is marvelous. The Titanic's history is marvelous. And a few more: The hull of this airplane is made of steel. This airplane's hull is made ...
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Can I say “house's roof”, or only “roof of the house”?

For example: 1) House's roof collapsed yesterday. or 2) The roof of the house collapsed yesterday. Which of these two is better and why?
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“site's header” – is that correct?

Sometimes I come across constructions like "site's header" or "site's navigation", but as I know the possessive case in most cases shouldn't be used with inanimate nouns. So my question is – are those ...
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In what expressions I can use possessions and where I can't (e.g. today's evening-?)

1) today 's evening OR today evening 2) today 's meeting OR today meeting 3) meeting 's case OR meeting case 3) winter 's weather OR winter weather 4) market 's impact on it OR market impact on ...
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A work by smb, a work of smb or smb's work—which of them is better?

Example: 1) War and peace is a novel by Leo Tolstoy. 2) War and peace is a novel of Leo Tolstoy. 3) War and peace is Leo Tolstoy's novel. An English language test which I have passed told me ...
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How to use 'by' and 'of'

How to use possessive by and of ? On the internet I have read that we use by with one work or one kind of work and of when we mean all the works. Example: A writer A wrote many books. He wrote five ...
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UK young engineers' conference OR UK's young engineers conference

Which is more correct? UK young engineers' conference or UK's young engineers conference to denote a conference of young engineers in the UK and a conference of young engineers of the UK and....
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Is “Say what is you try” correct?

A: I will try to... B: Say what is you try! I think it should be Say what is your try! Do native speakers say like that? Is it correct?
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How to pronounce possessive plurals?

We have a sentence: Those are my brothers's bikes. Which means: Those are the bikes of my brothers. But how to say the first sentence? Do we pronounce the 's's or make the 'z' sound?
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Why is “son” possessive in “I should rather say a very particular friend of your son's.”?

"I should rather say a very particular friend of your son's." Not "of your son"? Why should I use possessive case in this statement?
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“A my friend”, “A friend mine”

Why do I need to place the preposition "of" before the possessive pronoun "mine" in this sentence? A friend of mine. What would happen if I didn't place it like in the sentence "a friend mine". Is ...
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Is the word “breaking” in the following sentence correct?

I always carried an extra mask on my belt, in the case of mine breaking. I thought maybe it could end in "break". Sorry if it's obvious, I'm not a native speaker.
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“catch her train”, Why do we use “her”?

Sarah got to the station just on time to catch her train to the airport. Why do we use "her"? Does it mean Sarah already have the ticket in advance? if not, can we omit it?
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Should we use (’s) with Sunday's Supper?

Should we use apostrophe s (’s) with Sunday's Supper? For Sunday's supper, Asimov was pulling together a wine pairing ... OC Weekly I noticed that (’s) is quite use with Sunday's Supper: Shouldn'...
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“What's her” vs. “What's hers”

Can you tell and explain, which one is grammatically correct? My excuse is that I am a kid, what's her? or My excuse is that I am a kid, what's hers?
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apostrophes: Possessive

The addiction of drugs is bad for both mental and physical health. Or it can be written as The drugs' addiction is bad for both mental and physical's health. Is the second sentence using ...
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Are commas necessary before and/or after a possessive appositive?

Which is correct: It's my daughter's, Mary's, birthday. It's my daughter, Mary's, birthday. It's my daughter, Mary's birthday. It's my daughter Mary's birthday.
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the wife of the king of the Island or island king's wife?

How can I rewrite this sentence? 1- He gave a letter to the wife of the king of the Island. I can think of: 2- He gave a letter to the island king's wife. 3- He gave a letter to ...
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I wish *you* every day filled with/ I wish *your* every day

Any idea which one is correct: I wish you every day to be filled with lots of love. I wish your every day to be filled with lots of love.
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Student Names or Student's Names or Student's Name

I have a list of Students. What should I use for heading of Students. Student Names or Student's Names or Student's Name
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Which is correct - “policies of…” or policies in"?

If each country in Africa has its own national health policy, and many of these national policies from country to country share a common specification or stipulation, which of the following is correct:...
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Me/my not knowing the truth?

A gerund is a verbal, and always functions as a noun. It is formed by adding "ing" to the verb. I have recently found out that gerund must be modified by a possessive noun or pronoun. However, it is ...
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John and You possessive adjective?

Today my english teacher insisted that the possessive adjective in the following sentence is THEIR pens! while I was trying to convince her that the correct answer is YOUR pens so which one of it is ...
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“High unemployment led to him not being able to find a job”

High unemployment led to him not being able to find a job. So I saw someone ask whether this was a valid sentence and even English people said it was. I think it has to be wrong though as the ...
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The English Adjective

1.Has an assessment been conducted to evaluate potential products impact due to this nonconformity? ---In this sentence, is the word POTENTIAL describing PRODUCTS or IMPACT? 2.In circumstances ...
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Temporal adverb before nouns

Is it possible to shorten these kind of sentence structures? The title of the event, that will be tomorrow is XY. Is any of these correct? The title of tomorrow's event is XY. The title of ...
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How to differentiate between possessive pronouns and adjectives?

How to use possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives? For example, which is correct: Is this your luggage? or Is this yours luggage?
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What would be the correct 's if the name ends with an X? [duplicate]

Assume someone's name ends with x. If we want to refer to one of his belongings, should we say ---x's or ---x'es? The problem here is that if the pronunciation follows spelling.
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Why do we say “study window” not “study's window”? [duplicate]

Do you know why we say study window not study's window although we mean the window which belongs to a study(room)? I want to know the reason.
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Why do we say “study window” not “study's window”? [duplicate]

Do you know why we say study window not study's window although we mean the window which belongs to study(room)?
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Which of the following sentences are correct?

(A) Without correct mistakes, we could not improve. (B) Without having our mistakes corrected, we can not improve. Also: (C) Without had wings, birds could not fly. (D) Without wings, birds ...
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In “much to Anthony’s and everyone else’s” - Do I need an apostrophe right after Anthony?

. . . much to Anthony’s and everyone else’s amusement Do I need an apostrophe right after Anthony here?
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Genitive s for objects [duplicate]

If you say the aim of Ben, you can also say Ben's aim. If you say the objective of the project (which is not a person but an object), do you say the project's objective or the projects objective?
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A friend of me vs a friend of mine

He is a friend of mine. He is a friend of me. He is a friend of my father's. He is a friend of my father. Which of them are correct? What is the difference between 3 and 4?
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One should love everyone's wife. Is it right grammatically?

I want to know whether the sentence one should love everyone's wife is correct grammatically or not. I think it's grammatically correct but meaning differs from the sentence One should love one's ...
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“The stubble of several nights” vs. “several nights' stubble”

I happened to run into the following example in Collins: His face was covered with the stubble of several nights. I think the underlying pattern is "a thing achieved of a period of time". I'm not ...
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Usage of the possessive

Should the word " bonus " in the following sentence be written as possessive " bonuses' "? Each element's value is a set of X,Y coordinate pairs of bonuses' location which means I have a field ...
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Is it possible to use the possessive pronoun “whose” for things that are not human being? [duplicate]

So far I came across cases that the usage of the possessive pronoun "whose" refer to human being. For instance: "The man whose horse was strongest, won the competition". Then my question is if it'...
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What about the usage of “any” and “no”?

I taught my students that they can use any in questions with abstract countable nouns. Was I right? For example: Do you have any idea? (idea = abstract but countable) Do you have any reason to do ...
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How do you say to two people that it is/not their mistake?

We say "It is his mistake." "It is Alex's mistake." But if you want to say to two people that it is their mistake or it is not their mistake, do we not use the possessive form and say the following ...
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My or Mine usage

Which sentence is correct: Mine are the red packages on the right My are the red packages on the right. Thank you very much for the help!
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Singular/ plural agreement in possessive constructions

Which is correct: the arrival of some flights is delayed the arrivals of some flights are delayed I think #2 is correct, because we have one arrival for each flight. However, in Persian ...
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The possessive S should not be before the noun that it belongs to?

I'm solving English grammar exam (MCQ) and one of the questions there is about the next sentence: This car is my car, and that car is Tom's. According to what I know the possessive s should come ...
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In what cases I should skip 's in possessive case?

I notice that in some cases people skip the 's in the possessive case. But I cannot understand what rule they use. For example: attribute declaration, but not attribute's declaration or ...
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I have never seen either + sentence or + sentence

Is it grammatically correct to add a full sentence after the word either and the word or as in the following sentence, or should it be written as in the second sentence? My brother is a cook ...
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Can a possessive S be attached to nouns that are not human beings (or animals)?

Can a possessive S be attached to nouns that are not human beings (or animals)? For example, instead of saying "the back of the chair", can I say "the chair's back"? I remember learning that not ...
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a shopper's paradise into “a paradise for a shopper” or a paradise for shoppers"

People regard Bangkok as a shopper's paradise. If I change the possessive case"a shopper's paradise", which of the following is suitable. a paradise for shoppers a paradise for a shopper
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“X's Y” vs “Y of X” [duplicate]

I remember when I was in junior high school, my English teacher taught me that When the subject is not human nor animal, use Y of X to indicate Y belongs to X instead of X's Y. for example Use ...