I used the phrase “the people’s choice” in a post last week, and a couple of people thought the apostrophe was wrong. Their reasoning: people is a plural word, and therefore the apostrophe is supposed to go after the “s.” Isn’t that right?
No. The before-the-s, after-the-s rule is guaranteed to get you into trouble. I wish books would drop that explanation.
Here’s the problem: there are exceptions: men’s, women’s, children’s, and people’s. I like rules that work 100% of the time. No exceptions. So here goes:
Spell the word. Put the apostrophe after the last letter.
The last letter is “e.” So: people’s.
You can see more applications of this handy rule by clicking here.