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  1. Unregistered
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    multiple apostorphes

    I need help with this following sentence: Mr. K's dogs' babies' grandchildren had birthdays.
    Is this where the apostrophes go?


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    #2

    Re: multiple apostorphes

    What a very peculiar sentence!

    But yes, the apostrophes are in the right places.

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    Re: multiple apostorphes

    It is not necessarily right, unfortunately. The sentence presupposes that there is more than one dog belonging to Mr K that has had "babies". We won't go into the fact dogs have puppies, not babies, however, if there was only one "matriarchal" dog then the apostrophe should be between the g and the s ie dog's. This is the way an apostrophe signifies singular and plural.

    Hope that helps a little.

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