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    Hi everyone!

    "Nick's and Jack's parents" vs. "Nick and Jack's parents"

    Could someone explain me?

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    In the first case, each is possessor; there are two lots of parents involved, and Nick and Jack need not be related. They may be school-mates, or friends, or cousins, but not brothers. Two apostrophes => two lots of parents.

    In the second case, the possessor is a pair of brothers. One apostrophe => one lot of parents.

    (It wasn't clear what you wanted explained, but I hope that does it . Whatever you wanted explained, it wasn't yourself: for a general explanation, you could ask 'Could someone explain?' or ' Could someone explain the difference TO me?')

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    "Nick and Jack's parents" need not mean either one set or two sets of parents. It could mean Jack's parents and Nick (3 people).

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    Re: grammar

    Nick and Jack could be a woman and man or two women. They are not necessarily men's (abbreviated) names.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Nick and Jack's parents" need not mean either one set or two sets of parents. It could mean Jack's parents and Nick (3 people).
    In that case I'd use a comma after Jack: 'Jack, and Nick's parents'. But I know my use of commas sometimes raises eyebrows. Anyway, intonation and/or context would make it clear.

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    Re: grammar

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    In that case I'd use a comma after Jack: 'Jack, and Nick's parents'. But I know my use of commas sometimes raises eyebrows. Anyway, intonation and/or context would make it clear.

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    I agree that your comma would make it a lot clearer. I would use the comma or I would reverse the order of the people and say "Nick's parents and Jack".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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