It's definately a boat, but is it Bobs boat or Bob's boat, and if he sold it to Dennis whose boat would it be?
What if he sold it to the two Jones brothers?
I am trying to correct someones English and it's obvious mine is not up to it! What are the rules for 's ?
It's the two Jones brothers' boat
Take 'child' and 'children', and 'two brothers' : ask who owns the object and it goes straight after that.
the child does, so it's the child's thingy
the children do (irregular plural, formed without adding an 's') so it's the children's thingy
the two brothers do (regular plural formed by adding an 's') so it's the brothers' thingy
When the word already ends in an 's' as with 'Dennis' and "Jones", there are two ways:
Dennis' boat (pronounced Dennis's)
It belongs to the Jones's
It belongs to the Jones'
I prefer the full 's. A moderator will give you a 'ruling' on the 'correctiness' of these two.
Last edited by David L.; 13-Mar-2008 at 00:47.