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# plural noun

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07 Oct 2008, 22:38
I have a doubt. We always use apastrophe (') after the plural noun
eg if we say of many teachers then it is teachers'
but for children it is children's and not childrens'. Why is this so?
I know this sounds very basic but I want to clear my doubt.

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07 Oct 2008, 22:47
ritula wrote:
I have a doubt. We always use apastrophe (') after the plural noun
eg if we say of many teachers then it is teachers'
but for children it is children's and not childrens'. Why is this so?
I know this sounds very basic but I want to clear my doubt.

I suppose it's because children is plural by itself ("childrens" is obviously incorrect)

To put it in an equation (equating the count on both sides):
Child = Teacher
Hence, Child's = Teacher's

Similarly,
Children = Teachers
Hence, Children's = Teachers'
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07 Oct 2008, 22:53
If suffix S makes a noun plural then Apastrophe is always after this S. ex: teachers', students'
In any plural noun that doesn't end in (S) the Apastrophe is before S. ex: children's, people's

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07 Oct 2008, 23:06
yes that clears my doubt. Thanks
UMB wrote:
If suffix S makes a noun plural then Apastrophe is always after this S. ex: teachers', students'
In any plural noun that doesn't end in (S) the Apastrophe is before S. ex: children's, people's

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