If the sentence in the singular is: > The butcher's and the hairdresser's are closed on Sunday. What happens to the genitive if I want to make it plural? 1. >Butcher's and hairdresser's are closed on Sunday. 2. >Butchers' and hairdressers' are closed on Sunday. 3. >Butcher's shops and hairdresser's salons are closed on Sunday. In British English they call it the butcher's, because "shop" can stay implicit. My question is: if I want to say all the butcher's shops are closed, can I still leave the word "shop" implicit and therefore say: Butcher's are closed on Sunday? Meaning "butcher's shops"? Why would I loose the genitive in the plural if I had it in the singular? If I drop the apostrophe and I say the butchers (plural) does it not mean the butchers = the people who work in those shops?