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I have the following sentence:

Joe got everyone's attention and started to speak.

Should it be everyone's, everyones' or everyones?

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Good question. This is not answerable using Wiktionary (they don't have those words). – Peter Mortensen Nov 25 '15 at 20:06
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As Robusto says, you should use everyone’s. Neither everyones’ nor everyones is a word.

Note that everyone is always singular and cannot be pluralized, which means everyones is incorrect. If everyones were a word, everyones’ would be the possessive form of everyones, but since everyones is incorrect, everyones’ is also incorrect.

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Makes sense -- thanks! – Joe Casadonte Dec 2 '10 at 2:42
+1 for since everyones is incorrect everyones' is also incorrect – InfantPro'Aravind' Dec 2 '10 at 5:04

It should be everyone's.

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Thanks, Robusto! – Joe Casadonte Dec 2 '10 at 2:41

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