Are you wondering which to use ‘mans,’ ‘man’s’ or ‘mans’’? And which one is correct? We’ll cover that in detail in this article, plus you’ll learn how to use all of the correct ones in a sentence. You’ll also learn about pronunciation and usage.
The short answer is:
The other two versions are incorrect.
‘Man’s’ can be a contraction for ‘man is.’
‘That man’s not going to survive through the night. I don't know what I'd do if that were me.’
But it can also be used to express possession.
‘That man’s hat just blew away in the wind.’
The first in this series is not an actual word in the English language. You’ve learned that the plural version of man is ‘men.’ Therefore, ‘mans’ would be incorrect.
Finally, we’ve learned that ‘mans’’ is also incorrect.
Unless, of course, you’re talking about slang or African American Vernacular English (AAVE).
In that case, you might hear ‘mans’’ used to express possession of a friend.
Although this is acceptable in informal settings, it's best to avoid this in your writing.
According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of ‘man’ is:
It could refer to a husband, a lover, or a neighbor. It could be your boss, your local politician, or your doctor.
The word can also mean to give people or to put members of a ship’s team in a certain place.
It could also mean to serve in the force to accustom to humans and the human environment, as well as to furnish with strength or powers of resistance.
Are you wondering about the correct pronunciation of this word? Here’s a short guide.
To pronounce ‘man’s’ correctly, here’s the phonetic spelling:
Now that you know what the word means and how to pronounce it let’s see some examples of how to use it in a sentence.
To recap, we learned the following:
Knowing what you know, you should stick to using the version with the apostrophe and ‘s.’
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