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    Default joint/separate ownership

    Webster states that to show joint ownership or a similar relationship, either the last noun alone or each of the nouns takes the possesive form.

    Ex: My mother and father's wedding or
    my mother's and father's wedding.

    Similarly, to show separate ownership or a similar relationship, each noun takes the possessive form.

    Ex: My mother's car and my father's car.
    This example can be ambiguous as it may suggest eihter a joint or a separate ownership.

    To mean separate ownership sticking to this form, can we say: Both my mother's and my father's car have been damaged in the earthquake and Both my mother's and my father's car each have been damaged in the earthquake?

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    Default Re: joint/separate ownership

    I would say, "Both my mother's car and my father's car were damaged in the earthquake."

    [not a teacher]

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    Default Re: joint/separate ownership

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    Both my mother's and my father's car have been damaged in the earthquake
    That's a good solution. Avoid using "each", as it would make the sentence rather complicated.

    Delmobile's suggestion is good, too.

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    Default Re: joint/separate ownership

    Quote Originally Posted by Delmobile View Post
    I would say, "Both my mother's car and my father's car were damaged in the earthquake."

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    My mother's Toyota and my father's Honda were damaged in the earthquake.

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    Thank you

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