Compound Possessives

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How do I make a possessive?

Compound Possessives

To determine how to punctuate a compound possessive, first determine ownership.

If two people own something jointly:
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream

If two people both own separate things:
Ben's and Jerry's houses (We're assuming that they each have a house that they do not own jointly.)

   

Comments

3/26/2007 11:19:19 AM
PHILENE GOTSIS said:

GREAT- ANSWERED MOST OF MY ?. BUT WHAT IF BOTH NOUNS ARE PRONOUNS LIKE "HER AND MY BIKE," FOR EXAMPLE? THX, P. GOTSIS


3/27/2007 12:45:00 PM
Yvonne said:

Do you agree that Gayle and Oprah's Road Trip is correct since they shared the trip.(one trip)
The "Grammar Lady" on the Oprah show said that it should be a compound possessive since they both took the trip. I disagree since they are not talking about trips taken separately. A listener had called in to say that the show was advertising it incorrectly with the compound possessive, and the "Grammar Lady" said it was correct.


2/8/2009 12:19:23 PM
Nico in California said:

There's not much you can say about 'compound posessives', but there is about language in general. If you could come back, in let's say about four hundred years, you would have a difficult time recognizing the English language.


4/10/2009 11:55:15 PM
Abby said:

What about if you're saying it in 1st person? (Ben and mine's? Mine and Ben's?)




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