Words that are pluralized in the middle?
I was asked to write the plural of daughter in law in an aptitude exam. I wrote it as daughters in law. Please tell me the right answer.
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Always connect the parts of these family nouns with hyphens (-) in both the singular and plural. Thus we write "father-in-law," "sister-in-law" or "brother-in-law." It is not considered correct to write them without hyphens.
Form the plural by adding "s" to the noun, and not to "law." Thus we can write, two "mothers-in-law" and three "sisters-in-law." These are the correct forms even though native speakers may not use them.