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    Mothers and Toddlers

    All the mothers who have (collectively) toddlers belong to the same club.
    Is that club called the mother and toddler's club, the mother and toddlers club? Or something else.

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    Re: Mothers and Toddlers

    Quote Originally Posted by angus View Post
    All the mothers who have (collectively) toddlers belong to the same club.
    Is that club called the mother and toddler's club, the mother and toddlers club? Or something else.
    It should be "The Mothers and Toddlers' Club".


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    Re: Mothers and Toddlers

    When the suject you have ends with "s" then the apostrophe is used after the "s".


    If the subject does not have and ending "s" then you use the apostrophe and the "s" is added. Examples:
    • Raimond's bike is the best.
    • Olga's bill is due.
    Now with "s" at eh end:
    • Vargas' fortune is huge.
    • Workers' families are expecting the conference.
    Last edited by angelg; 28-Jun-2008 at 02:04. Reason: I'm not a teacher.


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    Re: Mothers and Toddlers

    The Mother and Toddler's Club

    It is one of those cases where the two conflate into a single unit - a "mother-and-toddler".

    The same can be seen it "it is John and Mary's house".

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    Re: Mothers and Toddlers

    Moms and Tots is the common name for such clubs/classes.

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    Re: Mothers and Toddlers

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Moms and Tots is the common name for such clubs/classes.

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    My experience of them in the uk (yes, sometimes even fathers go to them) is that they are called Mothers and Toddlers' clubs. I accept Anglika's post is probably also correct, I suppose it depends which club you go to.


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    Re: Mothers and Toddlers

    Quote Originally Posted by angelg View Post
    When the suject you have ends with "s" then the apostrophe is used after the "s".

    If the subject does not have and ending "s" then you use the apostrophe and the "s" is added. Examples:
    • Raimond's bike is the best.
    • Olga's bill is due.

    Now with "s" at eh end:
    • Vargas' fortune is huge.
    • Workers' families are expecting the conference.
    Very true. But remember that there are instances where a word ending with s does take the 's ending.

    Thomas's fortune is huge.

    It depends on whether or not you pronounce the extra s in speech.

    I'm not a teacher.

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