So I know the difference between "the dog's owner" and "the dogs' owner," but I'm wondering how to write the possessive for a word like maxima. Is it as easy as "the maxima's positions" or is there some other weird English exception?


  • It's "the maxima's positions", although you can always use "the positions of the maxima" instead. (But don't do this with people: it should be "John's car" and not "the car of John". The second one isn't strictly wrong, but it is very unusual in English today.) – Peter Shor Feb 20 '14 at 20:43

It is just like "the men's house".

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