Should it be...women's fires/womens' fires?

Can I write...adoptive daughter of/adopted daughter of?

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asked May 28 '12 at 14:56 Heather Whipp New member

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The normal rule for possessives is to add apostrophe "s" to singular nouns and "s" apostrophe (or "s" apostrophe "s" under some style guides) to make a noun a plural possessive.


Cat -- singular, not possessive

Cat's -- singular, possessive

Cats -- plural, not possessive

Cats' -- plural, possessive


But women is already plural, so just adding apostrophe "s" is all that is required to make it a plural possessive.


For adoptive/adopted, either is technically correct. However, if you want your writing to be clear, concise, and not seem over-inflated, adopted is the preferred usage.

link answered May 28 '12 at 15:10 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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Lewis NeidhardtMay 28 '12 at 18:54

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