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    #1

    John's coming back

    Hi,

    Is John's coming back a contraction or possesive form?

    I think she understood, although she did tell me she wished I'd show the slightest hint of jealousy over John's coming back into her life.


    Thanks a lot.

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    #2

    Re: John's coming back

    Possessive.


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    Re: John's coming back

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    Is John's coming back a contraction or possesive form?

    I think she understood, although she did tell me she wished I'd show the slightest hint of jealousy over John's coming back into her life.


    Thanks a lot.
    It is possessive but falls in the wider area to ownership.
    It could also be written without 's.

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    Re: John's coming back

    Quote Originally Posted by theeexcellence View Post
    It is possessive but falls in the wider area to ownership.
    It could also be written without 's.

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    Yes, it is possessive. And I would suggest keeping the 's. Dropping the apostrophe might lead someone to think we are dealing with multiple "Johns." The ensuing confusion might be quite unfortunate!

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