A's and As' vs. A and As'

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Dear Connoisseurs,

Which is correct “Michael’s and his colleagues’ work” or “Michael and his colleagues’ work?” Is it the same case as “Michael and Fred’s uncle?”

Thank you in advance.
  • The Newt

    Senior Member
    English - US
    If they did the work together, than you can say "Michael and his colleagues' work." If you are comparing "Michael's work" with "his colleagues' work," then they need separate possessives. Best of all would be to reword it entirely: "the work done by Michael and (by) his colleagues," or something like that.
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