English - Native speakers
posted by tee on .
I got a little confuse by possessive s
The rule goes that all regular plurals get the ending s' f.e. my parents' house
So then it is my brother's house in singular and my brothers' house in plural?
Yes, you are right. Good for you!
Ok so does my parent's house exist? What about wife-wives? It is irregular plural so according to the rule it would go wife's and wives'? Hmm doesn't the rule say that irregular plurals get the ending 's but it can't go wives's!
Parent's house = house belonging to one parent but not the other.
his wife's house = house belonging to one wife
those wives' houses = houses belonging to several wives
And yes, there is no word spelled wives's.
Yes I got it. But one question remains. If the rule says that irregular plurals get 's and not s' why do we say then wives' if it is the irregular plural?
With ANY plural possessive form, if the last letter of the word is -s, then you add only the apostrophe, not another s. (The same is not true of singular possessives.)
child -- child's
children -- children's
boy -- boy's
boys -- boys'