Correct spelling, explanation: the s in children’s is a possessive ‘s, so it does not act like the plural s suffix (like in dog -> dogs). Because of that, the word before the ‘s is not influenced by it. Also, it’s worth noticing that the s could not have been a plural s, because children is already plural. It’s very important to remember the apostrophe in words such as children’s otherwise they are incorrect.
Definition of children’s:
1. belonging to children
I spend the whole afternoon cleaning children’s rooms and washing old toys.
I hate buying children’s clothes; children grow out of them almost immediately!
Incorrect spelling, explanation: this form is incorrect because of several reasons. First, childrens looks like a double pluralism. What it means is that it looks like the plural s suffix is added to a word that already is in the plural (children). If the s at the end is supposed to be a possessive ‘s, however, it lacks the apostrophe, as it should be spelled children’s.
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Children’s is correct, and childrens’ is incorrect. This is because children are plural and an irregular noun that requires the addition of -‘s to make it possessive.
but what about the possessive form – children’s or childrens’?
Oh I was totally wrong on that one.
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