Today’s or Todays? Which is correct?
In this article, we will explore the correct usage and grammar of “today’s” and “todays.”
If your question is whether to use todays or today’s in your sentence…
I am almost certain that today’s is the correct answer.
Todays is not grammatically incorrect but it is rarely, if ever, used in the English language.
Todays vs Today’s
Today’s is a noun that means ‘pertaining to or belonging to the present day’, as in “today’s newspaper” or “today’s date.” It can also be used as a contraction, to shorten the word.
Todays is the plural of “today.” This is not common in English as there is only one today.
What does today’s mean?
This is usually the possessive form of today. It means pertaining to the present day. The same rules apply for other possessives, such as tomorrow’s, which is the possessive form of tomorrow.
It can also be a contracted word for “today is.” For example, “today is a windy and cloudy day” becomes “today’s a windy and cloudy day.”
Example Sentences with Today’s
- Our team lost today’s game.
- Today’s moon is gibbous.
- I was born on today’s date in 1989.
- What is today’s date?
- What does it say in today’s newspaper?
Why do we add an apostrophe?
There are two possible reasons why we might add an apostrophe.
The first reason:
To Show Possession
We use a possessive apostrophe because we want to show that a person or thing owns or is a member of something. We add an apostrophe and the letter s to show ownership.
We add the apostrophe to the end of the word after the s for plural nouns.
Possessive Noun Examples:
- The cat’s bowl is in the sink.
- The child’s toy was on the floor.
- The girls’ locker room is full of smoke from a fire.
In these sentences, we show that the cat “owns” its bowl, the girls own their locker room and a person owns his or her toy.
“Girls” is in its plural form as there is more than one girl. Therefore we add the apostrophe after the s.
The second reason:
To Form a Contracted Word
We might be trying to form a contracted word, which is a word that is made by putting two words together.
The apostrophe shows where the letters would be if the word was written in full. For example, isn’t (is not), couldn’t (could not), what’s (what is), that’d (that would).
Contracted words sound very casual and tend to be avoided in formal speech and writing. They are usually heard in casual or informal conversation.
Examples of Today’s in its Contracted Form
Today’s the best day ever (Today is the best day ever).
Today’s just a normal day (Today is just a normal day).
Incorrect: Today’s was a terrible day (Today is was a terrible day)
Correct: Today’s a terrible day / Today was a terrible day.
Incorrect: I am going to the house party today’s (I am going to the house party today is).
Correct: I am going to the house party today.
Is it today’s date or todays date?
Today’s date is correct. It is possessive so we need to add the apostrophe and the s.
The Plural of Today
The plural of today is todays. However we rarely use this as there is one present or current day, there is only one today.
It is old-fashioned and not really used anymore.
Example Sentences with Todays
- Appreciate our todays, as we don’t know our tomorrow.
- Our parents sacrificed a lot for our todays.
We can also write these sentences using “today” in its singular form. For example:
- Appreciate today, as we don’t know our tomorrow.
- Our parents sacrificed a lot for us to live like we do today.
Can we say today morning?
We cannot say today morning. This is a term that non-native speakers of English might use since other languages have versions of this phrase.
In English, we say “this morning.”
The same rule applies to afternoon and evening. Instead of saying “today afternoon” or “today evening” we would say “this afternoon” or “this evening.”
Is it today’s meeting or todays meeting?
We say “today’s meeting” because today is possessive and we need to add an apostrophe and s.
Today is or today are?
Today is singular. Therefore we say “today is.” If you were to create a sentence with “todays,” which is the plural of today, you would use “are.”
A year ago today or today a year ago?
We say “a year ago today.”
Last year today or today last year?
This means last year on this date. A common way of saying it is “a year ago today” or “this day last year.” For example:
Alternatives to Today
We can use “nowadays” or “these days” as adverbs to also mean at the present time.
- There is so much pollution nowadays.
- I don’t have any energy these days.
- Children don’t respect authority these days.