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    Default farmers' cows

    When I want to say there are a number of farmers who are owning a number of cows respectively, without knowing how many cows each farmer is owning, does the phrase

    farmers' cows

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    Default Re: farmers' cows

    (The) farmers' cows does mean the cows of more than one farmer.

    If you really wish to indicate that a number of farmers own a number of cows than you will have to say 'A number of farmers own a number of cows'.

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