“Children” is a plural form. You can use it to refer to many children, but you might not know how to refer to those children owning an object.
Fear not. This article will run you through the correct possessive form of “children” when used to show ownership.
Childrens or Childrens’ or Children’s?
The correct possessive form of “children” is “children’s.” Since “children” is the plural form of “child,” “children’s” is the plural possessive form of the same noun. You should it when many children own a similar object (i.e. “the children’s books”).
These are the main forms you can use with “child” and “children:”
If you want to learn the correct possessive form of “Child”, take a look at this article: Childs or Childs’ or Child’s? (Helpful Examples)
You should only use “children’s” as the possessive form. This comes from the plural form of “children.” Grammar rules teach us to add an apostrophe and an “s” to the end of the word to turn it into a possessive form.
Typical English rules mean that plural forms add an “s” to a singular noun. Technically, this would mean that “child” becomes “childs.” However, these rules don’t apply to “child” as it is an irregular noun.
Instead, you should add an “-ren” to the end of “child.” This is standard practice, showing that many children are present.
You should check whether Childs or Childs’ or Child’s is correct from our other article, as it will help you understand the singular possessive form.
The only correct term in this article is “children’s.” This is the plural possessive form of “child,” showing that many children own a group of objects. You should place the owned group directly after “children’s” when showing ownership.
- The children’s day out was a big success. They really enjoyed all of the fun activities they got to take part in.
- The children’s book section needs revamping. We were hoping you could help us with that.
In some instances, you might find the object coming before “children’s:”
- This book is the children’s.
Whether the object comes before or after “children’s,” the possession is clear. It shows that many children own the same object (or a group of similar objects).
There is no situation where “childrens” makes sense in your writing. “Childrens” is an incorrect interpretation of the plural form.
Remember, “children” is already plural for “child.” You cannot add an “s” to the plural noun, as it would imply that there are multiple groups of multiple groups of children. Do you see how strange it would be if that occurred in your writing?
The simple rule to follow is “child” for the singular form (i.e. “one child”) and “children” for the plural form (i.e. “two children”).
“Childrens'” is an extension of “childrens.” It is still grammatically incorrect because “childrens” is not correct.
Technically, “childrens'” follows standard plural possessive rules. However, these rules only apply to regular nouns that are in the singular form.
You should not use “childrens” or “childrens'” in any situation. Neither form is correct, as they are both misinterpretations of the plural form.
Only “children’s” works as the plural possessive form. It shows multiple children owning the same object or group of objects.