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LaylaandSethsmum Fri 25-Jul-08 16:42:15

I need an answer in next few mins before I leave work ( home lap top is broken).

Local newspaper headline was " Parents' fury ...." I'm probably wrong but I thought it should be parent's fury??

wheresthehamster Fri 25-Jul-08 16:43:03

Depends if it was one set of parents or more

LaylaandSethsmum Fri 25-Jul-08 16:43:27

One set of parents

IdrisTheDragon Fri 25-Jul-08 16:44:16

How many parents were furious?

If one parent, then it should be parent's fury.

If more than one parent, then it should be parents' fury.

wheresthehamster Fri 25-Jul-08 16:44:28

parent's - you were right!

IdrisTheDragon Fri 25-Jul-08 16:44:46

One set of parents is made up of two parents, so it should be parents' fury.

wheresthehamster Fri 25-Jul-08 16:45:37

Sorry I was wrong - it's too hot for me grin
One parent - parent's
More than one parent - parents'

EffiePerine Fri 25-Jul-08 16:45:54

Parents' if there's two of them

As far as I know it isn't a collective noun

LaylaandSethsmum Fri 25-Jul-08 16:46:33

OK cool, I can see now why its parents' not parent's, it's all too confusing!!Thanks

PennyBenjamin Fri 25-Jul-08 16:47:09

Hmm, I would say it should be parents' fury, as parent means one person.

So, if it was a mum getting cross, it would be parent's fury, but if it is a set of two parents, it should be parents's fury?

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