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. Oct 16 '13 at 19:03
  • replace people with houses, so would it be houses' doors ? i mean the doors for all the houses 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

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.


  • 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

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