The apostrophe in the following sentence is misplaced: Mayor Sikes is the peoples' choice. This blunder has become all too common in the print media. The sentence refers to the people rather than the peoples, so make it the people's choice.

The only need for peoples' would arise when collectively referring to two or more ethnic groups, tribes, or cultures of a particular region: In that vast country, the indigenous peoples' rights were routinely violated.

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