Let's say, we are talking about folders in a computer. What is a correct way to refer to the names of multiple folders?

- Folder names are incorrect.
- Folders' names are incorrect.


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What we are dealing with here in my understanding is the use of possessives in combination with compound nouns. According to this Grammar Tip, you should use Folders' names, since you have multiple folders "possessing" these names. Folder names would then be just one folder with multiple names.

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    The linked article is talking about compounds which are conjunctions, like Mary and Phil's house. A folder name is not the combination of a name and a folder, but rather is the name of the folder. Folders' names is rather unnatural except in specific contexts where there is a need to emphasize a plurality of names for a plurality of folders.
    – choster
    Sep 28, 2018 at 21:07

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