Can someone help me with spelling PRETTY PLEASE?

@ladyljs (1303)
United States
December 19, 2007 7:16pm CST
It has been way to long for me to remember the rules, and my little girl is just beside herself for tomorrows test. The words: family's and families' laboratory's and laboratories' girl's and girls' How does she know what the difference is? Can you give me a sentence and re-educate me on the difference? WOW..what I we don't forget! I am at a real loss here and need lots of help PRETTY PLEASE!!!!
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@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Previous poster is correct. Also, for family and laboratory, they end in y's when speaking of one (family or laboratory) and indicating possession. ex: The family's possessions The laboratory's equipment Change to ies' when speaking of the possessions of 2 or more families or laboratories. ex: The apartment building burned, all of the families' possessions were destroyed. The state cut funding, all of the laboratories' programs suffered. Girl's refers to the possessions of one girl. ex: The girl's spelling was correct Girls' refers to the possessions of 2 or more girls. ex: The girls' uniforms arrived. Hope this helps.
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@ladyljs (1303)
• United States
20 Dec 07
Thank you! Changing the ies' was really getting the best of me. I knew to change the y to ies, but why the apostrophe!?!?!? You did a wonderful job of explaining! KUDOS and here's a great big plus for you!
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• United States
20 Dec 07
THe apostrophe before the 's' means it belongs to a single thing/person. The apostrophe after the 's' means it belongs to multiple things/people. For example: Being a princess is a girl's dream (It is a single girl's dream to be a princess) Being princesses are girls' dreams (Talking specifically about all girls, not just one) Good luck!! :-)
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@raydene (9874)
• United States
20 Dec 07
In order to figure it out you have to put the sentence.... The Family's car....meaning the family owns that car.. The families' cars means...more then one family has a car... The girl's coat was red while the 10 girls' coats were blue.. I don't know if that helps you.... oxxoxoxoxo
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@ladyljs (1303)
• United States
21 Dec 07
That does help friend! Thanks for the input....Kami's test was yesterday and she Aced it thanks to the good folks here at Mylot! Hope you have a blessed holiday! Here's a positive for you!