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    a children's shirt

    As far as I know, 'a children's shirt' is a type of shirt, while 'a child's shirt' is a shirt that belongs to a child.

    Is there any case, where the possessive is used to define a type and yet the first noun is singular?

    I have thought of 'a summer's story'. If I am not mistaken, that could mean 'the story of a summer' or 'a story that is suitable for a summer'. In the latter case, a type is defined and the first noun is singular. I don't think one would write 'a summers' story'.

    I think that in some other cases, the first noun can be singular. I think one could use 'a man's magazine' and 'a men's magazine' interchangeably... Not sure, though.

    Any corrections or ideas would be appreciated!!


    Many thanks.

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    Re: a children's shirt

    A child's shirt can mean a children's shirt. So, there's your example for your question in line 2.
    A magazine for men is generally called a men's magazine. A man's magazine is generally a magazine belonging to a man.
    I don't think you can generalize. The context will usually tell you the meaning.

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    Re: a children's shirt

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    Is there any case, where the possessive is used to define a type and yet the first noun is singular?
    I am not a teacher.

    'A man's man', comes to mind.

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    Re: a children's shirt

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    I don't think one would write 'a summers' story'.
    No, but you could talk about a summer's day.

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    Re: a children's shirt

    Quote Originally Posted by azz View Post
    I don't think one would write 'a summers' story'.
    No, because it a mix of singular "a" and plural "summers' " (indicated by the s'). Whereas Tdol's suggestion is all in the singular, and therefore works.

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