Which of the following is correct?
- spend time in each other's presence
- spend time in each others' presence
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Each other is singular, so the correct possessive is each other's.
You may find that style guides say that it must be other's, but both can be defended, other’s because presence is singular, others’ because there is a degree of mutuality in the state described. As Pam Peters put it in ‘The Cambridge Guide to English Usage’, ‘the formal grammar of words and the notional grammar of the underlying semantics are at loggerheads.’
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can omit the apostrophe altogether.
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