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grammatically correct?



tech_teacher
Bahamas

grammatically correct?
 
Which is correct?

Mrs William s students writings
or
Mrs Williams students writings


18 May 2013      



greglovescoco
France

None!
You should say:         Mrs William s students writings

18 May 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

greglovescoco is right - unless it s Mrs Williams, not Mrs William. In which case it should be Mrs Williams s students writing.  (Not writings, by the way.)

Edit:pieces of writing/essays/compositions.

18 May 2013     



Layan17
Palestine

greglovescoco is right.
 you can t say Mrs Williams s students writing as cunliffe says Because I think that you can t add ( s) to a name ends with s So it should be without ( s)so add only


Mrs William s students writings 
 Means: The writings belonging to the students of Mrs William 

18 May 2013     



zoemorosini
United States

I agree with Cunliffe.  The correct form is "Mrs. Williams students writing (assignments)."

18 May 2013     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

@Layan, I m on about if she s called Mrs Williams, not Mrs William. Williams is a common surname, whereas William isn t; it s a first name. If she s called Mrs Williams, then not only can you add s, but you should. 

18 May 2013     



tech_teacher
Bahamas

The name is Williams...
Writings refer to composition pieces ... not handwriting or penmanship.

Thanks for your input.

18 May 2013     



FrauSue
France

I would say "Mrs Williams students essays". (native English speaker)

Cunliffe s suggestion of "Mrs Williams s" is also acceptable. For more information, see this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish/grammar/learnit/learnitv57.shtml 
(However, if the singular noun ends in s [...] you can either just add an apostrophe ( ) or apostrophe s ( s))

21 May 2013