What is the possessive of accused?

If i have the word 'accused' as a noun, representing multiple people who are accused, what would the possessive be?

context:

'It’s also clear that she knows she has a huge amount of control over the accused *peoples'* lives.

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  • Mamie
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    In your example accused, is not a noun; it is an adjective. There is no possessive of 'accused' in your sentence.

    In English, adjectives do not change in gender or number to reflect the noun they modify. "The accused people's lives" is correct. You can also say "the lives of the accused people." Or you can say " the lives of the accused."

    To say "the accuseds' lives" is the only construction I can think of that would require the possessive case for accused. In this case, it is plural, meaning you form the plural of the word and then add the possessive apostrophe. But this is a very awkward construction that is not commonly used.

  • 1 decade ago

    The best way would be to say "the lives of the accused." It doesn't really work any other way.

  • 1 decade ago

    You could say "over the accused subjects lives"

  • 1 decade ago

    accused's

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