Defining Plural PossessivesTo start things off, you should first make it clear what plural possessive really is. In English, when there is more than one of a kind, the word should be used in plural. According to the basic rules of the language, the plural form of a noun is made by adding letter s to the end of a word (however, there are still some exceptions that do not relate to plural possessive issue). Possession means ownership, so if you want to say that something belongs to someone, you use the possessive case. English language is unique, so its grammar rules are distinct as well. If to talk about the possessive case in singular nouns, it is formed by putting apostrophe and a letter s at the end of the singular noun.
The dog’s toy is lying in the patio.
The dogs’ toys are lying in the patio.
The news today announced about another species’ extinction.
The news today announced about another extinction of two species.
The news today announced about another extinction of the species.
Learning to Avoid Unnecessary PossessionIn order for your sentence to sound natural and not turn in a tongue twister, sometimes it is better to omit using plural possession and change the sentence completely. You are not obliged to do this, as the variant with the possessive case and without will be equally correct, but in order to show your professionalism and the mastery of language skills, you should not make your readers suffer from the awkward set of letters in the end of a word. It is quite easy to find out that your sentence needs repair, as it will sound really unappealing:
The Rodgerses’ garage is bigger than the house.
The Rodgers family has garage bigger than the house.
Feb 08, 2018 in Sample