# What is the plural possessive form of "people"?

Jun 24, 2018

"people"color(red)("'s") or "people"color(red)(color(red)("s'")

#### Explanation:

"Our New Years celebration is for all people. It is a $\textcolor{red}{\text{people's}}$ party"

"people" may be considered a plural form (of "person");
however
"peoples" may be a plural form of people when "people" is used to refer a variety of nationalities or races.

Formation of the possessive follows the normal rules:

• adding $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{'s}}$ to nouns that do not end in $\textcolor{g r e e n}{\text{s}}$
• adding $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{'}}$ (just an apostrophe) to nouns (especially plural forms) that end in $\textcolor{g r e e n}{\text{s}}$

[there is some regional variety here; in some places if the noun ends in "s" but is not plural, $\textcolor{b l u e}{\text{'s}}$ is used e.g. the possessive of "Charles" may be written as "Charles's" or just as "Charles'".