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    Parent or Parent's

    Hi,Iam a little confused in here concerning these four options:

    Parents night
    Parent's night
    Parent night
    Parents' night

    Which one is correct? Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Parent or Parent's

    You'll see more than one in use. I would use Parents' Night or Parent Night.

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    Re: Parent or Parent's

    Quote Originally Posted by elhabanero View Post
    Hi,Iam a little confused in here concerning these four options:

    Parents night
    Parent's night
    Parent night
    Parents' night

    Which one is correct? Thanks a lot.
    One could make a case for each being right and each being wrong. The wrongs mostly because the word 'night' should be capitalized if we are refering to the name of an event. They all mean the same, of course. The reason to use a singular instead of a plural form is that some kids don't have 2 parents...

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    Re: Parent or Parent's

    In BrE, it was (in my schooldays) called Parents' Evening (not Night). I think it's still called the same thing with one exception. As J&K pointed out, it is no longer assumed that a child has two resident parents, so it may now be referred to as Parent's Evening. Personally, I think that's unrequired because, to my mind, it's an evening for the parents of all the schoolchildren to attend so I would still put the apostrophe after "parents".

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    Re: Parent or Parent's

    Quote Originally Posted by J&K Tutoring View Post
    One could make a case for each being right and each being wrong. The wrongs mostly because the word 'night' should be capitalized if we are refering to the name of an event. They all mean the same, of course. The reason to use a singular instead of a plural form is that some kids don't have 2 parents...
    There are still multiple parents because there are multiple students. It is a night for parents to come to the school, whether or not each individual child has two parents or not. Maybe there's an orphan. Should we avoid using the word "parent" at all in that case? Maybe someone is in the custody of his grandparents or an aunt?

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    Re: Parent or Parent's

    Our school district calls it "Back to School Night." Same idea. No mention of parents. Everyone knows what it is.
    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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    Re: Parent or Parent's

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, it was (in my schooldays) called Parents' Evening (not Night).
    I had forgotten that- when did evening become night?

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    Re: Parent or Parent's

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I had forgotten that- when did evening become night?
    I didn't know it had, but then I don't really know anyone with school-age kids. I just assumed it was still called "Parents' Evening".

    BarbD - when is Back to School Night held? Is it an ironic title given that the parents are expected to go "back to school" for the evening? Or is it an evening held at the beginning of a new term (semester). I'm just wondering if this is another BrE vs AmE difference. "Back to school", to me, means the first week or so of a new school year, after the long summer holiday is over. However, "Parents' Evening" is usually held part-way through a term, once the teachers actually have an opinion of and some experience of the children.

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    Re: Parent or Parent's

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In BrE, it was (in my schooldays) called Parents' Evening (not Night). I think it's still called the same thing with one exception. As J&K pointed out, it is no longer assumed that a child has two resident parents, so it may now be referred to as Parent's Evening. Personally, I think that's unrequired because, to my mind, it's an evening for the parents of all the schoolchildren to attend so I would still put the apostrophe after "parents".
    "unrequired"? That's a new one for me.

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    #10

    Re: Parent or Parent's

    It's an unold one on me, too.

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