People regard Bangkok as a shopper's paradise.

If I change the possessive case"a shopper's paradise", which of the following is suitable.

  1. a paradise for shoppers
  2. a paradise for a shopper

2 Answers 2


a shopper's paradise

has the meaning of each and every shopper even though the singular possessive is used instead of the plural

a shoppers' paradise

Your substitute sentence

a paradise for shoppers

would be more appropriate and the shopkeepers would probably be happier than with

a paradise for a shopper


People regard Bangkok as a shopper's paradise.

The original sentence is perfectly correct, and it doesn't need to be changed. But if I had to modify it, I would opt for an of-construction and use the definite article.

People regard Bangkok as the paradise of shoppers.

Using the definite article the places greater emphasis on the term paradise, and suggests that Bangkok is the perfect place for every shopper. As an added bonus, you also avoid using the possessive apostrophe, and listening to discussions about whether the apostrophe should come before or after the -s in shoppers.

For further information, see also

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