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    genitive

    Hi,
    Talking about shoes for boys in general do you say:
    Boy's shoes
    or
    a boy's shoes?
    This doubt is caused by revising a page of a grammar book I studied at university. They give the following examples: , a man's umbrella, a woman's stocking, boy's shoes. Is it just a misprint?
    With plural it's easier, I think: BOYS' SHOES....Isn't it?

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    Re: genitive

    Quote Originally Posted by clairec View Post
    Hi,
    Talking about shoes for boys in general do you say:
    Boy's shoes
    or
    a boy's shoes?
    This doubt is caused by revising a page of a grammar book I studied at university. They give the following examples: , a man's umbrella, a woman's stocking, boy's shoes. Is it just a misprint?
    With plural it's easier, I think: BOYS' SHOES....Isn't it?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) Great question. Apostrophes drive everyone crazy.

    (2) I think that you are 100% correct: "boy's shoes" would be correct only if you
    were talking about one boy.

    (3) I agree with you that the correct answer is:

    Boys' shoes are now on sale at ....

    (4) But many Americans are eager to remove "unnecessary" apostrophes. So I have

    noticed that some stores simply advertise:

    Big discount on boys shoes.

    (5) So I guess in the year 2012, most people still insist on boys' shoes with some

    people accepting boys shoes. But we are not ready yet to accept boy's shoes.

    *****
    Here in the United States, one day each year we honor all of our presidents.

    I have seen the following:

    Presidents' Day
    President's Day
    Presidents Day

    (I have to admit that the "cleanest-looking" one is the third example. Some people consider many apostrophes as unnecessary "clutter.")

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