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