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    #1

    both of their's

    'Both of them' is a common expression in formal English but what about 'both of their's'. Can we say both of their's phones are not available. I want to mean both the persons own phones which are not available.

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    #2

    Re: both of their's

    Just "both of their phones."

    "Their" is already possessive. No need to add "apostrophe s" to show possession.

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    #3

    Re: both of their's

    There is a potential ambiguity with "both of their phones". Bear in mind that we use "their" instead of "his/her" sometimes, it is possible that it could mean "both of the phones belonging to one person of unspecified sex". There could also be two people involved who have a phone each.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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