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    others' vs. others's

    Hello,
    I wonder which is correct.

    Ex. Recognizing others' attitudes is difficult.
    Recognizing others's attitudes is difficult.


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    Re: others' vs. others's

    Quote Originally Posted by forinfo View Post
    Hello,
    I wonder which is correct.

    Ex. Recognizing others' attitudes is difficult.
    Recognizing others's attitudes is difficult.
    What if you say 'other people's attitudes'?

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    Re: others' vs. others's

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    What if you say 'other people's attitudes'?
    I would rather write what you have suggested instead of spending time wondering which one is correct. But sometimes I encounter that possessive form in other people's writings, and each time I can't help pausing for a moment thinking which one is correct.

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    #4

    Re: others' vs. others's

    Quote Originally Posted by forinfo View Post
    Hello,
    I wonder which is correct.

    Ex. Recognizing others' attitudes is difficult.
    Recognizing others's attitudes is difficult.
    As far as I know, there's no such word "attitudes"

    Why don't you try: "Recognizing other people's attitude is rather difficult."

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    Last edited by ei819; 05-Jun-2008 at 06:07.


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    Re: others' vs. others's

    Quote Originally Posted by ei819 View Post
    As far as I know, there's no such word "attitudes"

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    #6

    Re: others' vs. others's

    others'
    others's

    From 3.7 - Apostrophe
    In phrases using the pronoun "other," form the possessive by following the general rule for nouns. Form the singular possessive with apostrophe s and the plural with an apostrophe

    Examples:
    each other's letters one another's houses
    the others' reports [the reports of the others]

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