Submitted by lyndasmith  •  September 9, 2004

Plurals

When using the parents in a sentence and referring to both of them, is the ‘ put before or after the s. For example I see you are selling your parents’ home.

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If you were to say "selling your parent's home", I would assume you meant one parent. Therefore "parents' home" seems more correct in that situation.

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I agree. Well and briefly put.

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Chad covered most of the bases, but I have one more point.

"Parent" can refer to "one parent or the other," as in "Disciplining the child is the parent's perogative." This just means "either parent" -- one or the other -- any person who can be referred to as a "parent."

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I agree.
parent = one parent
parents = two parents

parent's home is the home of one parent
parents' home is the home of both parents

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