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    All about love

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by GB reader, May 9, 2017.

    (My native language is not English)

    You describe a scene in a movie or book to someone else.

    when talking

    ... it's a lovers quarrel.
    ... it's a lover's quarrel.
    ... it's a lovers' quarrel.

    would sound the same. But when writing?

    I think I know the difference.

    lover's ... a quarrel owned by one lover (he/she quarrels with him/her self)
    lovers' ... a quarrel owned by two lovers
    lovers ... no owner, the quarrel, it's just a quarrel between two lovers

    So, what's the proper way to write this?
    I think lovers' feels best, but....
     
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    A quick googling tells me that it's definitely regarded as a possessive construction, so lovers as a simple plural noun serving as an adjective is out. Both singular and plural seem used in the possessive construction. The OED prefers the singular.
     
  3. Ulquiorra9000

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    I've always written it as lovers' quarrel, since by nature it involves two people. But I can see the reasons to punctuate it the other two days :/
     

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