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How do you say it correctly?

  • Adult and children stories
  • Adults and children stories
  • Adults' and children's stories
  • other?
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I'm not sure what you mean: if you said "adult stories" that would probably mean "porn". "Children's stories" would usually mean "stories by children" rather than "stories for children". The best fit for what you seem to mean is

Stories for adults and children

or

Stories for all ages

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+1 Stories for all ages –  Rakesh Juyal Aug 18 '10 at 6:57
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"Hundreds of stories for all ages to choose from" does it sounds good? –  Victor P Aug 18 '10 at 13:37
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I disagree that "children's stories" would mean "stories by children." I work in book publishing, and "children's books" is the standard term for books written for children, typically by adults (with some exceptions.) I would use "stories" as a parallel to "books." –  In the Booley House Sep 13 '10 at 17:50
    
@In the: "I work in book publishing" weakens your argument: would that be understood the same way outside publishing? –  delete Sep 13 '10 at 23:39
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@Master: Most definitely yes. –  Ben Voigt Mar 25 '11 at 4:35
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I work in children's book publishing, and the standard within the industry would be children's stories, and would refer to stories written for children, usually written by adults.

In the kid's lit world we do use the term "adult books" to refer to non-porn books written for those over 18, but I admit that's not common usage outside this niche.

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Adults' and children's stories

That's probably what you mean.

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And he's wide open, running for the end zone, but OH NO HE TRIPS AT THE FIVE YARD LINE! :P –  mmyers Aug 18 '10 at 4:04
    
@mmyers - didnt get the joke. –  Midhat Sep 14 '10 at 5:38
    
Check the edit history. –  Ben Voigt Mar 25 '11 at 4:36
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