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    Five nurse's or nurses' ?

    Which one is correct:

    There are five nurse's/nurses' husbands at the party.

    Thanks for helping.

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    #2

    Re: Five nurse's or nurses' ?

    nurses' husband :d

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    #3

    Re: Five nurse's or nurses' ?

    There are five nurses' husbands at the party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    There are five nurses' husbands at the party.
    But some people said that both are acceptable. I just wonder the reason why.

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    Re: Five nurse's or nurses' ?

    The word "five" tells us the plural should be used. You can't have five nurse. So it should be five nurses's husbands.


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    #6

    Re: Five nurse's or nurses' ?

    Grammatically speaking, the apostrophe is usually placed after s' if the noun is plural. Examples,

    Plural - students' books = books for many students
    Singular - student's books = books for one student

    Notice: When the noun is a normal plural, with an added s, no extra s is added in the possessive; so pens' caps (where there is more than one pen) is correct rather than pens's caps.


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    How about if you wanted to indicate the house jointly owned by Mr & Mrs Mills? Indicate both plurality and possession.

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    #8

    Re: Five nurse's or nurses' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    But some people said that both are acceptable. I just wonder the reason why.
    They're wrong. Always remember that most native English speakers don't speak or write standard English.

    The plural of nurse is nurses.

    When it's singular, add 's: the nurse's husband.

    When it's plural, putting the apostrophe after the s keeps the plural s attached to nurse, where it belongs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thod00 View Post
    How about if you wanted to indicate the house jointly owned by Mr & Mrs Mills? Indicate both plurality and possession.
    In your case, it's Mr. and Mrs. Mills' house.

    (Also acceptable, at least in the U.S., when the possessive 's is actually pronounced: Mr. and Mrs. Mills's house.)

    If Ruth and Harry Mills share a house, it's Ruth and Harry's house.

    If Ruth and Harry Mills live in different houses, they're Ruth's and Harry's houses.

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    Re: Five nurse's or nurses' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by xpert View Post
    Grammatically speaking, the apostrophe is usually placed after s' if the noun is plural. Examples,

    Plural - students' books = books for many students
    Singular - student's books = books for one student

    Notice: When the noun is a normal plural, with an added s, no extra s is added in the possessive; so pens' caps (where there is more than one pen) is correct rather than pens's caps.
    You're definitely right!

    And when there is a proper-noun ends in an 's', we add only an apostrophe.

    E.g: Carlos' gift. but not Carlos's gift.

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