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    Grammar question

    The actresses dressing room was filled with flowers.
    actresses- should it be actresse's or actresses' ?
    And why?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shosht View Post
    The actresses dressing room was filled with flowers.
    actresses- should it be actresse's or actresses' ?
    And why?
    The word (noun) actresse does not exist in the English language. Go for the latter.

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    Re: Grammar question

    sorry not sure what you mean by latter?

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    Re: Grammar question

    If it is a dressing room shared by two or more actresses, "the actresses' dressing room" is correct.

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    Re: Grammar question

    Yes, but in the question it says "was" so it would not be plural, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shosht View Post
    Yes, but in the question it says "was" so it would not be plural, right?
    "Was" refers to the dressing room not the actresses.

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    Re: Grammar question

    Thank you so much. This was a confusion to a lot of us. In the book it had the wrong answer and no one was exactly sure.

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    #8

    Re: Grammar question

    Just to confirm:
    The actress's dressing room was... (one actress, one room)
    The actresses' dressing room was... (two (or more) actresses sharing one room)
    The actresses' dressing rooms were... (two or more actresses with two or more rooms)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #9

    Re: Grammar question

    One actressís dressing room or actressí dressing room?


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    Re: Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Shosht View Post
    One actressís dressing room or actressí dressing room?
    When a singular noun ends with an 's', both an apostrophe and and an apostrophe plus an '-s' are possible. With historical names, the possessive '-s' is often omitted. Otherwise, the other form is preferred.

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