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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.
I agree. parent = one parentparents = two parents
parent's home is the home of one parentparents' home is the home of both parents
September 21, 2004, 1:05pm
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."
September 21, 2004, 4:45am
I agree. Well and briefly put.
September 10, 2004, 8:09am
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.
September 9, 2004, 11:31pm
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