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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arushin View Post
    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.
    'man' is singular denoting one man, Arushin, so your example is fine. 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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverkid View Post
    'man' is singular denoting one man, Arushin, so your example is fine. 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.

    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.

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    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 03:12.

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    I wrote:
    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.


    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    This is incorrect.
    David is right. It is indeed, incorrect. I was mistaken. Sorry for the inaccurate information, Arushin.

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    It is all right. I thank both of you for your help.

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