# Use of possessive apostrophe for 2 people who have the same attitude

'No uncertainty exists about Jim and Bob's attitude to Stan - they despised him.'

• or -

'No uncertainty exists about Jim's and Bob's attitude to Stan - they despised him.'

I have seen questions related to two people sharing a wedding or a house but what if two people each have an attitude and it's the same?

Either

No uncertainty exists about Jim and Bob's attitude to Stan - they despised him.

or

No uncertainty exists about Jim's and Bob's attitudes to Stan - they despised him.

are fine.

The first one is valid because it is a single attitude (against Sam) held by more than one person.

The second one does not carry such an implication.

I would word it as follows: 'No uncertainty exists about Jim's and Bob's attitudes to Stan - they despised him.'

Because you have two objects in the subject, you should use the plural for attitude as well.

Or I would rephrase the item something like, "Because Jim and Bob despise him, there is no uncertainty about their attitudes."

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