I need some answers. I wrote a sentence:
The man's bicycles were stolen from him.
Someone told me the apostrophe goes after the s and depending on the way you say it, you may put another s after that.
I could use the rule. I am very confused right about now.
Now, my English teacher told me that with words such as genius and making it possessive, you would write it as you say it.
For example, I would say genius's plate, but others may say genius' plate, or maybe I didn't understand it and he was talking about the plural forms or something else I didn't understand fully.
If there were two or more men [plural], then you would put the apostrophe after the 's', as in,
The mens' bicycles were stolen from [him] them.
This is incorrect.
Here is the rule:
Determine who owns the object/s. Then the apostrophe comes straight after. So:
John owns the bike, so
It is John's bike. - John 's
The boys have bicycles. So
They are the boys' bicycles - boys '
The child owns the bike, so
It is the child's bike - child 's
The children have hats. So
They are the children's hats - children 's
the man has a bicycle, so
It is the man's bicycle - man 's
Men own their bicycles, so
They are the men's bicycles - men 's
Last edited by David L.; 23-Apr-2008 at 04:12.
It is all right. I thank both of you for your help.