How do you write "the nest of the (plural) goose" with correct apostrophes?

I am not sure if we say geese or geese's.

What would be the sentence structure?

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    You don't use the possessive form of the word if you use "of".
    – Barmar
    Dec 11, 2019 at 5:16
  • Hello, John. Our sister site, ELL, is intended for more basic questions. But as is the case with with ELU, some sign of reasonable research is expected. Dec 11, 2019 at 14:28
  • ... the geese's nest ... is what I think you are looking for. But note that it would be quite correct to use 'goose' as either an adjective or a compounded noun (depending on your point of view) and say ... the goose nest ... (despite it being plural).
    – Nigel J
    Dec 11, 2019 at 15:09
  • It's just a goose nest, unless your talking about specific geese and those geese's nests. Nobody "ever" says the nest of the geese.
    – tchrist
    Dec 12, 2019 at 16:24

2 Answers 2


The nest of the goose.

No apostrophe.

The nest of the geese.

No apostrophe!

  • I think that the poster is asking whether to say "the nest of the geese" or "the nest of the geese's." If you think that's a possibility, too, I recommend that you address it as part of your answer.
    – Sven Yargs
    Dec 11, 2019 at 4:49
  • Good point. I've completely re-written my answer!
    – Mr Ethernet
    Dec 11, 2019 at 6:21
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    I actually think he’s asking whether we say “The geese’ nest” or “The geese’s nest” Dec 11, 2019 at 6:24
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    The question seems a little ambiguous.
    – Mr Ethernet
    Dec 11, 2019 at 6:33

Of the goose = goose's
Of the geese = geese's

We need not use 'of' and apostrophe with the same noun(s).

  • I know; I should have spell-checked it.
    – Ram Pillai
    Dec 12, 2019 at 2:54

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