public's eye or public eye

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He wanted to get his book out in the public's eye.

                                   -OR-

He wanted to get his book out in the public eye.

 

 

Which is correct?

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It is in the public's eye or in the eye of the public. The eye belongs to the public, so you use the possessive.

link answered Mar 15 '13 at 16:07 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Incorrect answer, Patty. You are tying to use this idiom as a phrase with words that each stand on their own. In such a case, the possessive would be correct, but as this is an idiom, it stands on its own as it has been used for more than a century.

RobertAug 04 at 13:25

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The correct usage is: "in the public eye" or "be in the public eye". It dates back to the 1800s and is an idiom, which often confuses things, because they cannot be taken literally. It's simply all about agreement with the majority in how people commonly communicate and agree over the meanings of words and phrases.—Robert Nahas, Founder/CEO of WriterServices.net

link comment answered Aug 04 at 13:22 Robert New member

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