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Hi,

Recently I got into an argument about how to name an area for kids.

My suggestion was Kid's World, with a singular apostrophe because I view it as a collective.

But someone said it should be Kids' World.

Can someone help? It will be helpful if anyone can advise me on the actual grammar rules that dictate the usage.

thank you.
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I believe they're both fine. I can't be certain about the actual grammar behind it but to me they might belong to the category of generic nouns, for instance, you could say either "in the interest of the child (generic "child" representing all children) or "in the interest of children". They basically mean the same thing with possibly a difference in emphasis.
I think it should be Kids' World.

For the possessive we add 's to singular nouns and just the apostrophe to plural nouns.

This is an area for kids - plural - so it would be the kids' area.
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Anonymouswith a singular apostrophe because I view it as a collective.
I don't follow this reasoning.

I would accept "Kids' World", the plural possessive, or "Kids World", the compound noun form.

CJ
Hi guys

Would anyone be so kind to explain why it's possible to say "man's world" but not "kid's world"?
Hello Ivanhr

This follows the standard rule. The noun "man" is singular so we add apostrophe and "s" to the end. If the area was for one "kid" then it is fine to say kid's world. However the original post said that is was an area for kids (plural) so it is kids' world.

I hope this is clear. Emotion: smile
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Are you saying that "a man's world" is just an exception? And what about all those instances of "kid's bikes" that you can find on the Internet? Are they all wrong?

Sorry for pressing the issue but, to me, "kid's bikes" simpy means "bikes for kids".
IvanhrAre you saying that "a man's world" is just an exception?
No it is not an exception it follows the rule. For the possessive we add 's to singular nouns and just the apostrophe to plural nouns. "Man" is a singular noun.
Ivanhrnd what about all those instances of "kid's bikes" that you can find on the Internet? Are they all wrong?
Without looking at all those instances individually I could not comment on whether the punctuation used is correct or not. I do not really want to put that sort of time into this question.

I learned this punctuation rule when I was at school. It was reinforced when I did my teacher training. It is the rule in my books on grammar and punctuation. I have always used it. If you want to do it differently then please go ahead. I don't expect that anyone will mind. Emotion: smile
LouiseT For the possessive we add 's to singular nouns and just the apostrophe to plural nouns. "Man" is a singular noun

Louise, thank you for your time. I wasn't really asking about how to form a possesive. For instance on this page http://www.pro-lite.net/?option=com_content&task=view&id=114&Itemid=55 you will find both "kid's bikes" and "a children's bike". It seems that they accept both versions equally as I do.
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