Boys' basketball VS. Boy's basketball


Boys' basketball VS. Boy's basketball


Which one is a proper way of writing?



And is there a reason one is correct and the other is wrong?


Thank you so much as always.

asked Jul 04 '13 at 23:16 Hans Contributor

2 answers


The thing with possessive nouns is that you need to work on the form of the noun that is not possessive.  For example, 'boy' is singular and 'boys' is plural.  To add the 's to form a possessive, you need to use the normal form and add the possessive 's.  Thus - boy --> boy's / boys --> boys'.


The grammar in both your examples is perfect, but as I always point out to my own students:  GRAMMAR leads you to the answer; MEANING gives you the answer.  It all depends on whether you want to talk about the basketball of a boy or of boys.  In the case of the former, you would say - boy's basketball.  In the case of the latter, you would say - boys' basketball.


Additionally, remember that the apostrophe-s ['s] is only used for possessives and contractions [he's sick today], but NEVER to form a plural [eg: strawberry's instead of strawberries].

link comment answered Jul 05 '13 at 04:00 Ahmad Barnard Expert

Depends on the person you're refering to. If many means Plural so the boys' basketball but if one person it will be boy's basketball.

link comment answered Jul 04 '13 at 23:36 Adziah aziz New member

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