Plural or possessive (Months, Months', Month's)


My wife and I have a disagreement over the proper use of the plural (or not) and possessive use (or not) of the concept in the following sentence:
$4000 is the total for the first 4 month(s,s','s) rent.
It seems that we could use any of the options it would be correct.
1) $4000 is a single amount for a single time period spanning 4 months = month's (strictly possessive)
2) $4000 is a single amount broken over 4 single months = months
(plural but not belonging to any month)
3) $4000 is a single amount amount broken over the 4 months in question = months'

So, which do you believe it should be?

asked May 11 '14 at 17:51 Moe Haliska New member

1 answer


Whatever your wife says is the correct answer.


I would use the possessive.  Think of it as being for one month.

One month rent...  Boo, hiss

One month's rent... Yay!

Four months' rent...

link edited May 11 '14 at 18:01 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Happy wife, happy life!

Patty TMay 12 '14 at 04:15


Lewis NeidhardtMay 12 '14 at 13:27

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