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Anonymous:Hello I'm struggling with the use of apostrophes and the ending s versus ies.
The bodies ability to repair and regenerate
Would this be bodies, bodys, body's, bodies' or bodys'?
I don't understand. I know when to use them is there is a missing letter, i.e do not=don't etc...but can't grasp the above.
A doctor's office
Two doctors' offices.
There is one body, and that body's ability to regenerate...
There are two bodies, and those bodies' ability to regenerate...
In this case, the body’s ability, is ability a possession? If not should it not be bodys?
Also, how do we know whether it is singular or plural?
The body, i.e. the human body? Is this classed as one or multiple?
There is one body, and that body's ability to regenerate...The body in your sentence is a single, generalized human body.
Is the body's ability a possession?
The body's heart is a possession
The body's cells are a possession
But is the body's ability a possession?
Anonymous:If the body is singular, then it should be body's.
If the body is plural, then it should be bodys'.
AnonymousNo, Anon. Please see Mr. Micawber's post, which he repeated above.
One body. Two bodies. There is no word "bodys" to mean plural body.
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