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    #1

    hornet/nest

    Hi

    hornet nest OR hornets' nest - are both OK?

    thanks

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    Re: hornet/nest

    I'd go with hornet's nest.


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    #3

    Re: hornet/nest

    Since hornets are "social wasps", it will be "hornets' nest".

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    Re: hornet/nest

    Generally, yes. But, not necessarily.
    (Hornet's Nest(novel))

    ADD:
    I have just seen that GUEST2008's post housed ''hornets' nest'' form.
    I'm sorry for overseeing it, Anglika and GUEST.
    Last edited by IvanV; 18-Jul-2008 at 21:26. Reason: Reading hastily.

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    #5

    Re: hornet/nest

    (I am not a teacher) I would go for Hornet's nest, whether there be one hornet or many, they are going to make noise.

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    Re: hornet/nest

    Quote Originally Posted by SUDHKAMP View Post
    (I am not a teacher) I would go for Hornet's nest, whether there be one hornet or many, they are going to make noise.
    Um...

    Anyhow, if GUEST could supply us with a bit more context, it'd be easy to determine the right form.

    I.

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    Re: hornet/nest

    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    Um...

    Anyhow, if GUEST could supply us with a bit more context, it'd be easy to determine the right form.

    I.
    Well, there is no context. I just wondered which form would be correct

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    Re: hornet/nest


    Okay, so if you are speaking of A hornet, depicting his nest, use ''hornet's nest''.
    If you have a number of hornets, use ''hornets' nest''. Typical possessive genitive form. ;)

    Cheers!

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