How to pronounce "two boys' families"?

  1. "two boyses family" or

  2. "two boys families"?


Generally (i.e. "properly"), option 2. As a general rule, the apostrophe is silent.

That said, there may be situations where a native speaker would use pronunciation #1. For example, they may speak a dialect in which it is pronounced as "boyses", or they may be deliberately mispronouncing it for emphasis (for example, my family sometimes does this), especially if there were emphasizing a plurality of boys, as "boys" sounds identical to "boy's".

  • I don't believe there is a dialect where it is pronounced as "boyses". – Colin Fine Nov 14 '16 at 23:29

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