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    Class attitudes OR class' attitudes

    (The context is a school class)

    The sentence is:

    I wish to understand the overall class’ attitudes towards reading.

    I'm sure it has to be with an apostrophe, but it just looks strange! Any confirmation woul dbe appreciated.

    Thank you in advance,

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    Re: Class attitudes OR class' attitudes

    I'm not a hundred percent sure about what I' m writing, but this is the way I see it:
    It is an apostrophe. But since it's pointless writing <class' s> ,you should pronounce it but not write it. e.g. This was Chris' idea.


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    Re: Class attitudes OR class' attitudes

    Quote Originally Posted by 1984law View Post
    I'm not a hundred percent sure about what I' m writing, but this is the way I see it:
    It is an apostrophe. But since it's pointless writing <class' s> ,you should pronounce it but not write it. e.g. This was Chris' idea.
    I agree that "class' attitudes" looks right (ie with an apostrophe) but searching on the internet for this term everyone misses out the apostrophe.

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    Re: Class attitudes OR class' attitudes

    Quote Originally Posted by galanidt View Post
    I agree that "class' attitudes" looks right (ie with an apostrophe) but searching on the internet for this term everyone misses out the apostrophe.
    I wouldn't write it that way, I would write: "I want to understand the overall attitude of the class towards reading".


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    Re: Class attitudes OR class' attitudes

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I wouldn't write it that way, I would write: "I want to understand the overall attitude of the class towards reading".
    Thank you for the response and suggestion .
    I'm actually using different variants of "attitudes of the class" in different parts of a long thesis. For purposes of variation it would be good to sometimes use "class' attitudes" hance my query about the apostrophe. Would you agree on the use of the apostrophe?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Class attitudes OR class' attitudes

    Quote Originally Posted by galanidt View Post
    Thank you for the response and suggestion .
    I'm actually using different variants of "attitudes of the class" in different parts of a long thesis. For purposes of variation it would be good to sometimes use "class' attitudes" hance my query about the apostrophe. Would you agree on the use of the apostrophe?

    Thank you.
    I am in favour of using the possessive apostrophe sparingly; I only use it when it would create ambiguity if I didn't. In short, I wouldn't use it in your example sentence.

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