Should it be "Phyllis' and Belinda's husbands" instead?

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Should it be "Phyllis' and Belinda's husbands" instead?

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Coincidentally, it turns out that both Phyllis and Belinda’s husbands are older than them by over a decade (11 years for Phyllis, and 15 for Belinda), and both named David too.

Should it be "Phyllis' and Belinda's husbands" instead?

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Re: Should it be "Phyllis' and Belinda's husbands" instead?

Post by Alan »

Except to avoid ambiguity, we normally do not apostrophize the first of a pair of possessives.
(There is no danger of ambiguity here.)
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