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    #1

    Bears's eat fish. Bears' eat fish. The bear eats fish. Which is right expression?

    Hello.
    Among three sentences:1.Bears's cubs eat fish. 2.Bears' cubs eat fish. 3.The bear's cubs eats fish.
    I think 3 would be okay and mean the same as either 1 or 2, if all kinds of bears eat fish. Am I thinking okay?
    And between the two sentences(1, 2), Which is grammatical expression?

    Thank you in advance.

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    #2

    Re: Bears's eat fish. Bears' eat fish. The bear eats fish. Which is right expression?

    If you are talking in general about bears, then just say "bear cubs eat fish."

    #1 is never correct. #2 is the plural possessive (the cubs of more than one bear).

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    #3

    Re: Bears's eat fish. Bears' eat fish. The bear eats fish. Which is right expression?

    You don't form plurals using an apostrophe.

    #3 means you have one bear, who had multiple cubs, who eat fish.
    #2 would be okay with a "The" before "bears'"
    #1 is not okay.

    One bear: The bear's cub
    Two bears: The bears' cubs
    Not correct: bears'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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    Re: Bears's eat fish. Bears' eat fish. The bear eats fish. Which is right expression?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You don't form plurals using an apostrophe.

    #3 means you have one bear, who had multiple cubs, who eat fish.
    #2 would be okay with a "The" before "bears'"
    #1 is not okay.

    One bear: The bear's cub
    Two bears: The bears' cubs
    Not correct: bears's
    Thank you. But, is it okay to use expression like "
    one bear, who had multiple cubs, who eat fish."?
    I've believed that I can only use "who" after "human".
    If someone let me know it would be okay to use "who" after "animal", then I can sure it would be okay to use that expression.
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    #5

    Re: Bears's eat fish. Bears' eat fish. The bear eats fish. Which is right expression?

    I'm pretty sure I am "someone" and I'm pretty sure I used it the way I would in a natural conversation.
    If you feel more comfortable using "that" after the mama bear cub, go ahead.
    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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