In the following sentence, can anyone tell me where the apostrophe should be placed please?

  • Every coders' worst nightmare
  • Every coder's worst nightmare

I have a feeling that the second sentence is correct - i.e. "every" should be followed by a singular noun, but I would welcome any confirmation. thanks

  • Thanks both. That really helps. I have marked the first reply as the answer... Commented Apr 26, 2019 at 15:11

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"Every" in this context implies a singular noun follows, so "coder's" works here. It's a nightmare that is personal to every individual in the set of coders.


Yes, the second one is correct.

If you think of it like this, it may help to understand why:

Every single coder's worst nightmare.

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