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    boat's crew

    Apostrophe is used to indicate possession.

    In 'boat's crew' , a boat doesn't possess the crew. So, it doesn't make sense to me.

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    Re: boat's crew

    It may not sound logical for inanimate objects to "possess" things but it is being used, e.g. country's resources, va car's bumper.
    I think it is more of one object belonging to another.
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    Re: boat's crew

    We need some way of identifying where the crew works, so we use the possessive to indicate they belong with the boat, instead of say a tank or a plane, or someplace else.

    We sometimes refer to a crew as 'serving' on a boat, tank, etc. Perhaps that makes it more logical?
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    Re: boat's crew

    Quote Originally Posted by rock-onn View Post
    Apostrophe is used to indicate possession.
    Only in the very loosest sense of the word. It would be more appropriate to say that it is used to indicate possession, relationships and physical characteristics. Only in the first of the examples below, all natural, could we really speak of 'possession' in the sense of 'ownership':



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