#GrammarTrivia: Compound Possession

How are you today, Fellas? I hope you’re having a good day!

Before we start our session today, I would like to ask you a question. Which one of these two statements is grammatically correct?

“After the election, Dan’s and Miley’s businesses went bankrupt.” Or “After the election, Dan and Miley’s businesses went bankrupt.”

The answer will be revealed shortly. But first, welcome to our session today #GrammarTrivia: Compound Possession.

It was actually a trick question. Both sentences are grammatically correct depending on the context. #GrammarTrivia

If Dan and Miley own different businesses, “Dan’s and Miley’s” is the correct usage of possessive nouns. #GrammarTrivia

But if Dan and Miley share the same businesses, it should be “Dan and Miley’s”. #GrammarTrivia

What if the businesses are owned by Dan and me (or any other possessive pronoun)? #GrammarTrivia

Then it should be “Dan’s and my businesses” regardless we share the same business or not. #GrammarTrivia

Or if you don’t have to explain that Dan is the other owner, simply use ‘our’. #GrammarTrivia

Let’s take it up a notch, shall we? #GrammarTrivia

What if the businesses are owned by Dan, Miley, and me (or any other possessive pronoun)? #GrammarTrivia

The correct usage of compound possession is “Dan, Miley’s, and my business” #GrammarTrivia

And if we don’t share the same businesses: “Dan’s, Miley’s, and my business” #GrammarTrivia

Do you have any question about our session today, Fellas? Hit that reply button! #GrammarTrivia

Well, it’s a wrap, Fellas! Don’t forget to visit englishtips4u.com for more interesting discussion and topics! See ya!

Compiled by @bintilvice at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, November 11, 2016

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