1

Which of the following is the correct possessive of plural?

  • Peoples' homes

  • People's homes?

  • Peoples homes?

  • We need more context for this particular example. The word people can be either the plural or person or a singular noun meaning "group", and the correct answer will depend on its meaning. – chrylis -on strike- Oct 16 '13 at 19:03
  • replace people with houses, so would it be houses' doors ? i mean the doors for all the houses – Marco Dinatsoli Oct 16 '13 at 19:08
  • I could have sworn this was a dupe but I can't find the other question. Maybe we need an in-depth post that goes through all possession rules? – WendiKidd Oct 17 '13 at 13:24
1

The general rule is that the apostrophe for a possessive comes after the s of a plural, but if the plural does not end in an s, add 's. The number of the noun being possessed is irrelevant grammatically; although it's usually plural, it could be singular in the case of something shared.

Examples

  • doors of houses (plural, ends in s) -> houses' doors
  • drivers of cars (plural, ends in s) -> cars' drivers
  • houses of Charles (singular) -> Charles's houses
  • houses of women (plural but does not end in s) -> women's houses

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.