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  1. pablo_ivher
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    the possessive s with countries

    Is it possible to use the possessive s with countries like

    new york's state
    oklahoma's state


    or just possible to use

    the state of oklahoma????


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    Re: the possessive s with countries

    You would write these as New York State, Oklahoma State, etc. The genitive "of" is also correct, i.e. The state of New York but "state" would not be capitalized when used together with "of".

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    Re: the possessive s with countries

    In addition, New York and Oklahoma are states; they don't own states, which is how "New York's State" and "Oklahoma's State" are read. Apostrophe -s is not required. It changes the meaning.

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