'Girls' or 'girls" or 'girl's'; these three words sound exactly the same. So what's the difference? And which one is correct?
The answer is that it depends on what you're trying to say.
Let me lay it out for you:
Singular noun → girl
Plural noun → girls
Singular possessive → girl's
Plural possessive → girls’
The definition of the word 'girl' is:
It can also mean:
'Girls' is the easiest one. It's the plural noun form of 'girl.'
Simple enough, right?
There were three girls feeding the sheep.
Now let's talk possessives. As a reminder, a possessive noun shows ownership.
Have you seen the girl's watch?
'Girls" is the possessive form of the plural noun' girls.'
The girls' paintings were full of bright colors.
The word 'girl' rhymes with 'curl,' 'twirl,' and 'pearl.' Phonetically, it sounds like this:
[ gurl ]
The International Phonetics Alphabet spells it like this:
/ gɜrl /
And if you want to pronounce the plural form of the word or either one of the possessive forms, all you need to do is add the -z sound at the end. Like such:
[ gurlz ]
Now, we'll look at some examples of these three words in a sentence, so you can see how they are used in context.
- The girls' high school is an excellent one.
- I can hear the girls' voices, but I don't know where they are.
- The girls' enthusiasm was palpable.
- As she walked past me, I wondered about the girl's destination.
- Have you seen this girl's mum?
- The girl's excitement was visible on her face.
And that concludes this article on the difference between 'girls' or 'girls" or 'girl's.' I hope you feel more confident now using each of these words.
Let's summarize what we've learned:
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