Compound Possessives

What?

Don’t worry. Here’s how compound (or joint) possessives work:

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But if two or more people share ownership of the same thing, and you want to use a possessive pronoun(e.g., my, your, his, her, our, their) instead of a person’s name, it should look like this:

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TRANSLATION: When someone looked inside a toilet, he or she found two things:

  1. SpongeBob
  2. My friend (Patrick Star)

Therefore, use the possessive [’s] after the person’s name.

And so, Anon, ”My friend’s and my favorite book is correct.

 

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