Children’s or childrens’? Let’s puzzle out which of the Possessive Nouns is correct.

The question of where to put ’s for the Possessive Case sometimes can be baffling because of all these rules and exceptions. Let's see the variants.

Aleksandra Brizhevskaya
Aleksandra Brizhevskaya

Noun plus ’s equals Possessive Noun

We use the Possessive Case showing that something belongs to someone. However, the question of where to put ’s sometimes can be baffling because of all these rules and exceptions. For instance, where do we need to put the apostrophe and an “s” in the word “children”? Is it children’s or childrens’ ?

First of all, let’s learn how to form these nouns:

A possessive noun in the singular: add ’s to the end of the word.

Example

Ukraine’s climate is perfect for me.

In case a singular noun ends on “s,” you still need to add the apostrophe and one more “s.”

Example

I forgot James’s key at home.

A possessive noun in the plural: add the apostrophe to the end of the word (do not put one more s).

Example

It is the teachers’ room.

A Possessive Case with irregular plural nouns: add s to the end of the word.

Example

I don’t understand women’s logic.

Children’s vs. childrens’. Where is the right choice?

When you hear somebody says ['ʧildrənz], do you expect him/her to mean childrens or children’s?
The word “children” belongs to irregular plural nouns, which form the plurality in another way (not by adding -s to the end of the word). In this case, to compose the possessive, you need just to add s.

Example of using children’s

The Help (2011)
Gone Girl (2014)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Which is correctEnglish

Aleksandra Brizhevskaya

I’m a young copywriter who likes helping people by finding easy answers to difficult questions. What I do is diving into the topic and explore it.


Cecilia Gigliotti

I have extensive experience writing in a variety of genres, from literary novels to music reviews to academic articles. I appreciate the power of words.

Geoffrey Mutie

My name is Geoffrey! I am constantly looking for new ways to improve my writing skills and my interpersonal skills, which in my opinion help a person be professional.

Milena Lazova

I'm an ESL teacher with over 7 years of experience in providing original content. I really like writing educational articles which may help others learn some aspects of English.