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Plural form vs Possessive form [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2009, 13:20
I am getting confused abt the apostraphe, when do i use say girl's vs girls'. Please help me explain.

I hope I am clear with my question, I am really getting confused between plural form vs possessive form.

united states' - how do i give possessive for this noun ?

Please explain..
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Re: Plural form vs Possessive form [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2009, 13:38
Girl's is a possesive form.

For a plural ending with s, the apostrophe is placed after s.

United States' is possesive for United States
Girls' is possesive for the whole group of girls.
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Re: Plural form vs Possessive form [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2009, 06:37
apostraphe after the word is used to indicate a possessive form of plural which ends with s . got it !

So its just a possesive form and we dont use apostraphe with respect to plural...

girls' - possesive
women's - possesive
unitedstates' - possesive.
canada's - possessive.

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Re: Plural form vs Possessive form [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2009, 22:29
girl's is possessive. And girls' is possessive as well. If the word ends with "s", put apostrophe after "s".
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Re: Plural form vs Possessive form [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2009, 09:48
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Actually it is not entirely true as posted above.
Earlier, 's was used for pluralization and was (not sure about now) considered formal English.

FYI: If you see cases in GMAT/GMAT Prep with 's used as plural then mostly it will not test the plural singular form of that noun [all options will be using it in the same way]

See the link: GMAT Guru's Comment [Bob]
http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... post609784

as you can see the above link has GMAT Prep question and is using CEO's for plural CEOs.
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Re: Plural form vs Possessive form   [#permalink] 27 Sep 2009, 09:48
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