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Possessives: can inanimate objects be possessive? Ask your merkin.

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Possessives: can inanimate objects be possessive?

Many editors get their panties in a twist if a writer uses a possessive apostrophe with an inanimate object to say, for example, the merkin’s owner. ‘It should be the owner of the merkin’ they shriek, shrilly indignant that the purity of the English language has once again been sullied. However, if it sounds silly and clunky to say ‘the desire of the heart’ instead of ‘the heart’s desire’, the Grammar Ninja gives you her blessing to give this rule the finger.