This possessives page brings together information about

  • possessive nouns
  • possessive adjectives
  • possessive pronouns
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Hello Every one

1" We are sending XYZ co 's Materials on SIT & Co's trailer."
Please Correct I am pretty confused about possessive
2. Please find the attached invoice being due.

Hello AbdulMohsin,

1 looks correct to me. In 2, I'd change 'being due' to a relative clause, something like ', which is now due'.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

please help me to figure out the differences between 's and of about possession
I have explored a lot of web sites and books but i just don't seem to find my answer.
thanks a million.

Hello misam,

In most contexts there is no difference in meaning between, for example, 'The dog's paw' and 'The paw of the dog'. The second form sounds more formal and, in some contexts, old-fashioned, however.

If you have a particular example in mind then please post it and we'll be happy to comment.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Good morning Peter
I am appreciative of your cooperation.
I wonder if I could use this structure for persons.
for example,"my father's house" or "house of my father."

I am looking forward to your respond.

Hello misam,

Both of those phrases are fine. The second one sounds, as I said in the earlier answer, more formal and a little old-fashioned.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

Hi please help me with this question,

When calling an insurance and giving information to the representative is it right to use these statements with an apostrophe "s"?
1. The patient's name is...........
2. The patient's date of birth is.............
3. The member's id is ................
4. The provider's tax id is ................

which of the above statements would have the apostrophe "s" and which ones would not?

Prem Isaac

Hello Prem Isaac,

The statements all look correct to me. In number 3, 'member ID' is also possible, but it really depends which ID you're talking about. Are you talking about the member's national ID number, for example? If so, then this is correct with the 's. If, however, you're talking about the member's membership ID number, i.e. their insurance ID number, then the compound noun 'member ID' would make more sense here.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you, this is new information.

Hi Kirk,

Thank you for your reply.
In the third question we are talking about " policy id number of the member." So from what you have mentioned, it is okay to use member's ID, however the one that would make more sense is " the member id is...... "
Thank you once again.

Prem Isaac