I'm not sure which of the following is correct:
having an impact on other’s lives
having an impact on others’ lives
I just can’t figure out how the apostrophe should be used.
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Since you are talking about multiple others ("...the lives of others"), then the apostrophe comes after the s.
having an impact on others' lives
Let's be simple.
I have many students, and one of them is John. I am checking exam copies.
I am checking John's paper.
I have checked all of my students' paper.
One son went to live in Australia and the other one was killed in a car crash.
One son went to live in Australia and the others were killed in a car crash.
others –> others' lives.
If something is singular, for example, Bob. Then he is a person and we write
Let us consider there are two Bobs and both of them share a single book.
The two Bobs' book
so others is plural. Consequently, the correct answer is
having an impact on others’ lives.
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