Should there be an apostrophe after husband when writing "she is predeceased by her husband's" or should it be husbands?


The apostrophe is used to indicate the possessive, not the plural. Therefore:

  • If she is predeceased by a single husband, then just "by her husband".
  • If she is predeceased by more than one husband, then definitely "by her husbands" (with no apostrophe).

  • If she is predeceased by something that belongs to her husband, then you can say "her husband's (dog/cat/elephant/turtle/whatever)."

  • She was predeceased by her husband and by her husband's two sons.
    – GEdgar
    Aug 18 '19 at 12:01
  • ...and by her husband's two sons' dogs as well. Aug 18 '19 at 12:26

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