Possessives versus Adjectival Labels





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Possessives versus Adjectival Labels :


Don't confuse an adjectival label (sometimes called an
attributive noun) ending in s with the need for a possessive.

Sometimes it's not easy to tell which is which. Do you attend a
writers' conference or a writers conference? If it's a group of writers attending a conference, you want the plural ending, writers.

If the conference actually belongs to the writers, then you'd want the possessive form, writers'. If you can insert another modifer between the
-s word and whatever it modifies, you're probably dealing with a possessive.

Additional modifiers will also help determine which form to use.

  • Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes. (plural as modifier)


  • The Patriots' [new] quarterback, Drew Bledsoe, threw three touchdown passes. (possessive as modifier]



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  • Possessives with Gerunds


  • Possessives versus Adjectival Labels


  • Possessives of Plurals


  • Irregular Plurals


  • Holidays Showing Possession


  • Compound Possessives


  • Possessives Constructions


  • Compound Constructions


  • Possessives with Appositive Forms


  • Double Possessives







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