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    Query on apostrophe use

    Hello,

    Please can you help, I am writing signage and want to check the apostrophe placement for the following sentence?

    Should it be...

    Men's toilets

    or

    Mens' toilets

    Thank you
    Sam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Hello,

    Please can you help, I am writing signage and want to check the apostrophe placement for the following sentence?

    Should it be...

    Men's toilets

    or

    Mens' toilets

    Thank you
    Sam
    As for all irregular nouns, the rule tells us to use 's and never s' - it's because you've already got a plural noun, so there's no need to double it (I mean the plural form of the noun).


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    Thank you very much for your help engee30

    I will write it as

    Men's toilets

    But am I correct though in saying

    Ladies' toilets?

    Thanks
    Sam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samanthav77 View Post
    Thank you very much for your help engee30

    I will write it as

    Men's toilets

    But am I correct though in saying

    Ladies' toilets?

    Thanks
    Sam
    Absolutely!


    The rule tells us to use the apostrophe if the noun is in its regular plural form.


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    Thanks very much for your time engee
    Sam : )


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    Re: Query on apostrophe use

    One last signage query...

    I've written the following meaning it to be plural for schools

    Schools' cloakroom

    Is this right?

    Thanks again,
    Sam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samanthav77 View Post
    One last signage query...

    I've written the following meaning it to be plural for schools

    Schools' cloakroom

    Is this right?

    Thanks again,
    Sam
    No, it isn't, I'm afraid, Sam. You should write schools' cloakrooms (because you're talking about cloakrooms in more than one school). It's impossible for different schools to have a single one cloakroom, isn't it? If talking about one school, you could write school's cloakroom, or school's cloakrooms (if there were more than one cloakrooms, or preferably the cloakroom(s) of the school).

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    Re: Query on apostrophe use

    If you're going to be parallel, use men's room and women's room, not men's and ladies'.


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    Re: Query on apostrophe use

    Hello Engee,

    I realise Schools' cloakroom is wrong, however, I am referring to only one cloakroom, which is actually based inside an art gallery but will be used by more than one school.

    The reason I am saying School at all is because we also have another cloakroom used by non school informal visitors.

    Orginally I has said School's cloakroom but thought this was wrong too.

    Now you can see the context of it being a singular cloakroom but more than one school using it, what should I say then in this instance?

    Thanks
    Sam

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samanthav77 View Post
    Hello Engee,

    I realise Schools' cloakroom is wrong, however, I am referring to only one cloakroom, which is actually based inside an art gallery but will be used by more than one school.

    The reason I am saying School at all is because we also have another cloakroom used by non school informal visitors.

    Orginally I has said School's cloakroom but thought this was wrong too.

    Now you can see the context of it being a singular cloakroom but more than one school using it, what should I say then in this instance?

    Thanks
    Sam
    So I guess there's no other way but to rephrase the sentence. I'd go for Cloakroom for Schools. What would you say to this version? I'm not saying that in this case schools' cloakroom is wrong, but I feel it's not that right to say so.

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