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Can anyone help me? My OH is writing a report which includes the phrase:(He) can suggest ways to improve his own and other's performance...Should it be:others performanceother's performance others' performanceI thought that because he is commenting about the performance OF others it would be other's....but now I just don't know and my OH is stuck!
There are multiple others so because the performance "belongs" to them, it is plural possessive: others'
others'Here's how you work it out (very colloquially, am not a grammar expert as will be abundantly clear in about three mins!)Write out the possessive relationship in full / longhand ie the performance of othersThen you can see the subject without the complication of the possessive apostrophe or s. Two things: 1) The apostrophe will never break up the subject word, if it ends with s (that is the mistake your DH is makingeg the collar of the dog = the dog's collarthe collars of the dogs = the dogs' collars and never the dog's collars2) add an s to a singular possessive, even if the word ends with s (often a name)eg the dress of Lois = Lois's dress
Thank you very much! We were thinking of others as a singular, not a plural!! Great help
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