In this question meaning of the s' explained, but what if I'll say my childrens toys (several kids), i.e. with no ' after s ?

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    You need the possessive apostrophe. Omitting it is an error. – Michael Harvey Oct 24 '20 at 19:34

The "correct" punctuation is "my children's toys" (=the toys of my children)

The toys of my child -> my child's toys
The toys of my children > my children's toys
The toys of my son -> my son's toys
The toys of my sons -> my sons' toys

The last two are pronounced the same. Note that apostrophes are frequently used incorrectly by native speakers, so we are likely to be more forgiving of people who write childrens'

  • Yes. My children's toys, the crowd's voices, the people's vote. – Michael Harvey Oct 24 '20 at 20:06
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    Getting it wrong is quite common, as you say - though it would be a mistake for learners (or anyone else) to think they can or should ignore or disregard the rules: getting it right will always make a better impression on those who do know what's correct. – rjpond Oct 24 '20 at 20:33

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