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    Which is correct for describing that something belongs to two people
    Lyn and Mike's
    or
    Lyn's and Mike's

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    Quote Originally Posted by winny View Post
    Which is correct for describing something that belongs to two people?
    Lyn and Mike's
    or
    Lyn's and Mike's
    Lyn and Mike's

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    Lyn's and Mike's cars have been stolen.
    Two cars,one belong to Lyn another to Mike, both of them have been stolen.

    Lyn and Mike's car has been stolen.
    Their car has been stolen.

    Am I right ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Lyn's and Mike's cars have been stolen.
    Two cars,one belong to Lyn another to Mike, both of them have been stolen.

    Lyn and Mike's car has been stolen.
    Their car has been stolen.

    Am I right ?
    Their cars have been stolen.-grammatically correct.
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    Question Re: plurals

    Hello

    Whith sentence did you correct ? That confused me.

    Lyn's and Mike's cars have been stolen.
    Their cars have been stolen.

    Lyn and Mike's car has been stolen.
    Their car has been stolen.

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    Default Re: plurals

    Jaskin,

    [Both] Lyn and Mike's cars have been stolen. <two cars>
    Lyn and Mike's car has been stolen. <one car>

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    Hi I am not a teacher or a native speaker but this is the rule of Apostophe S I learned in high school.

    If two people own the same thing, Apostophe S should be at the end of the last subject.

    If two people own different things, Apostophe S should be at the end of both subjects.

    1. Lyn's and Mike's cars have been stolen.
    Their cars have been stolen.

    2. Lyn and Mike's car has been stolen.
    Their car has been stolen.

    Both are correct. 1 means they own different cars and their cars have been stolen.

    2. means both Lyn and Mike own the same car and it has been stolen.
    Last edited by sudarawee; 21-Jun-2008 at 16:25. Reason: Mistype

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