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    NEED HELP PLEASE WHICH ONE IS IT?

    Police: "Are you the serial killer?"
    Serial Killer: "Yeah. I enjoy taking peoples' lives!"

    Is it peoples' or people's?

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    Re: NEED HELP PLEASE WHICH ONE IS IT?

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    I am very sure that it's people's.
    When you see toilets you read such things:
    Men's
    Women's

    s' were correct if the sentence would be:

    Serial Killer: "Yeah. I enjoy taking humans' lives!"

    Singular: Human -> Human's
    Plural: Humans -> Humans'

    People is already plural, so you just need so add an 's

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    s' would be correct if the sentence were.
    (This is the correct version of the sentence I wrote some hours ago.)

    Cheers!
    Last edited by Nightmare85; 29-Jun-2010 at 21:45.

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    Re: NEED HELP PLEASE WHICH ONE IS IT?

    Thank you very much

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    Re: NEED HELP PLEASE WHICH ONE IS IT?

    The normal rule is that if it ends in s already because it is plural, you simply add the apostrophe, if it doesn't you add apostrophe s. eg : Dogs' toy and Dog's toy - the first plural, the second singular.

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    Re: NEED HELP PLEASE WHICH ONE IS IT?

    But there may be cases in which peoples' is correct;

    Imperialism is peoples' archenemy.

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    Re: NEED HELP PLEASE WHICH ONE IS IT?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post

    People is already plural, so you just need so add an 's
    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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