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    Possession question (from student)

    Is it proper to to add 's only to the last entry in a list as in the example below:

    Dad, Jeff, and Nate's steak was cooked to perfection.

    Or should it be:

    Dad's, Jeff's, and Nate's steak was cooked to perfection.

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    Re: Possession question (from student)

    Quote Originally Posted by Participle View Post
    Is it proper to to add 's only to the last entry in a list as in the example below:
    It is not only proper thus, but that is the only way to handle such syntax.

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    Re: Possession question (from student)

    Quote Originally Posted by Participle View Post
    Is it proper to to add 's only to the last entry in a list as in the example below:

    Dad, Jeff, and Nate's steak was cooked to perfection.

    Or should it be:

    Dad's, Jeff's, and Nate's steak was cooked to perfection.

    Thanks!
    ***NOT A TEACHER***As I understand it, your sentence should be: Dad's, Jeff's, and Nate's steak = Dad's steak, Jeff's steak, and.... If you use only one apostrophe, that means that the three gentlemen are sharing one steak. Hopefully, a teacher will give his/her opinion.

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    Re: Possession question (from student)

    Quote Originally Posted by Participle View Post
    Is it proper to to add 's only to the last entry in a list as in the example below:

    Dad, Jeff, and Nate's steak was cooked to perfection.

    Or should it be:

    Dad's, Jeff's, and Nate's steak was cooked to perfection.

    Thanks!
    I would say either: Dad, Jeff, and Nate's steaks were cooked to perfection.
    or Dad's, Jeff's, and Nate's steak was cooked to perfection.


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    Re: Possession question (from student)

    If they are seen as a group, I inflect only the last noun for genitive case with the aid of the saxon genitive.

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    Re: Possession question (from student)

    Quote Originally Posted by Kondorosi View Post
    If they are seen as a group, I inflect only the last noun for genitive case with the aid of the saxon genitive.
    The Saxon genitive was "es".


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    Re: Possession question (from student)

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The Saxon genitive was "es".
    Where did you have that in mind?

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    Re: Possession question (from student)

    Quote Originally Posted by Participle View Post
    Is it proper to to add 's only to the last entry in a list as in the example below:

    Dad, Jeff, and Nate's steak was cooked to perfection.
    Strange as it looks and unlikely as it is that three men would be sharing one steak, this is the rule for joint possession.

    Or should it be:

    Dad's, Jeff's, and Nate's steaks were cooked to perfection.

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    Sometimes a problem arises with this rule for joint possession.
    Tom and Mary's cat died from carbon monoxide poisoning.

    This probably means that their cat died, but it could possibly mean that Tom, as well as Mary's cat, died. So one has to change the sentence to remove the ambiguity.

    One would be inclined to say "Tom's and Mary's cat died from....." But this apparently is not allowed; it's against the rule for joint possession. So one apparently has to say 'The cat belonging to Tom and Mary died from.......'


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    Quote Originally Posted by Participle View Post
    Is it proper to to add 's only to the last entry in a list as in the example below:

    Dad, Jeff, and Nate's steak was cooked to perfection.

    Or should it be:

    Dad's, Jeff's, and Nate's steak was cooked to perfection.

    Thanks!
    The proper form is the first one. Thatīs the rule.


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    Re: Possession question (from student)

    Quote Originally Posted by Youngheart2402 View Post
    The proper form is the first one. Thatīs the rule.

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