Grammar Rule #10: Use only an apostrophe to form the possessive of most plural nouns.
the flowers’ petals lunch at the Browns’
the lasses’ hair the Perezes’ marriage
A few irregular plural nouns form the possessive with an apostrophe + s.
Example: the children’s playground, the sheep’s wool, the firemen’s fund, the oxen’s yoke
Grammar Rule #11: Organizations’ names that incorporate plural nouns as adjectives do not take on the possessive.
Examples: Publishers Weekly, Diners Club, Midwest Writers Conference, Department of Veterans Affairs
Grammar Challenge—Your turn! Choose which answer is correct.
1. The (geese’s, geeses’) honks overhead attracted our attention.
2. All the (glasses’s, glasses’) lens were broken.
3. The Cancer (Survivors, Survivors’) Club met yesterday.
4. We’ve been invited to the (Lincoln’s, Lincolns’) for dinner.
5. Ten (bicycles’s, bicycles’) tires were flat.
6. My (Citizens’, Citizens) Gas bill is way too high.
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