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    's genitive in a group

    I am not sure which one is correct:
    'goat`s, sheep`s, and cow`s milk' or 'goat, sheep, and cow`s milk'
    Thanks for your advice.

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    Re: 's genitive in a group

    Welcome

    cow's milk (milk from a cow)
    goat's milk
    sheep's milk


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    Re: 's genitive in a group

    Yes, thank you, if it is milk of one type. But for some reason I need them in one group, ie. milk of three animals. So can it be e.g. Goat`s, sheep`s, and cow`s milk is drunk all over Europe. ?

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    Re: 's genitive in a group

    Quote Originally Posted by Mival View Post
    I am not sure which one is correct:
    'goat`s, sheep`s, and cow`s milk' or 'goat, sheep, and cow`s milk'
    Thanks for your advice.
    Your question is about all of them together, right?

    In general the apostrophe should go on the last word of the group if the group is emphasized as a collective, and on each noun if their individuality is to be kept in mind.

    But in fact goat milk, cow milk and sheep milk are all used without the "'s". Therefore, perhaps "goat, sheep, and cow milk" is best.

    And if these are not set phrases, it is probably best of all to avoid the possessive form: "the paws of a dog, cat, and wolf".

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    Re: 's genitive in a group

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Your question is about all of them together, right?

    In general the apostrophe should go on the last word of the group if the group is emphasized as a collective, and on each noun if their individuality is to be kept in mind.

    But in fact goat milk, cow milk and sheep milk are all used without the "'s". Therefore, perhaps "goat, sheep, and cow milk" is best.

    And if these are not set phrases, it is probably best of all to avoid the possessive form: "the paws of a dog, cat, and wolf".
    Thank you so much for a breath of reason.

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