I was wondering how to write the plural possessive form of business. Is businesses' right?
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Regarding people's names, if the name is naturally spelt with an 's' at the end for example "James", then you only put an apostrophy ( ' ) without another "s" so the plural of James will be James' not James's. However, just to be difficult, it is acceptable to write "James's" when continuing the sentence, for example "We visited St. James's palace". As with "businesses" this was introduced for asthetic reasons.
On the issues of James's versus James', and other proper names, that certainly does vary whether that "extra" s is used, but for a generic noun like "business" I'm astonished to hear that the apostrophe was dropped in any situation.
One dog's bowl. Two dogs' bowls.
One business's plan. Two businesses' plans.
Not businesses as a plural possessive, not businesses's as a plural possessive.
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