We have 10 people.
We assign a time interval to each one. For example, they could live 1 year, 2 years,... 10 years. And I want to calculate the sum of all their times.

What's the proper way to tell it?

I want to add...

  • every people's time.
  • every person's time.
  • all people's time.
  • all person's time.

or maybe better without the Saxon genitive.

  • the time from each person.
  • the time of each person.
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    "I want the total time", "I want the sum of everyone's time" Dec 10, 2018 at 21:17
  • Don't you think your Question would be better answered somewhere like English Language Users SE? Dec 10, 2018 at 21:34

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every people's time is wrong, you cannot (most of the time) use a plural noun with every. All people's time is not a correct choice either. Luckily, there's a single word to describe this: everyone:

I want to sum everyone's time

That one is correct, but you may want consider the following alternative:

I want the total time

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