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Is it countries? Country's?

I originally thought the latter but this would suggest a singular country?

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closed as general reference by TimLymington, jwpat7, Daniel, FumbleFingers, simchona Mar 10 '12 at 0:42

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Use country's and countries' for the possessive of the singular and plural respectively.

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Singular: this country's territory was invaded.

Plural: the countries' shared sense of democracy enabled them to bond.

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