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    Question why the apostrophe is used here - future' life

    "studying in the college is just a preparation for their future’ life"
    In the above sentence, why the apostrophe is used. Please explain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quest
    "studying in the college is just a preparation for their future’ life"
    In the above sentence, why the apostrophe is used. Please explain.
    Thanks in advance.
    -Quest
    I don`t think that the apostrophy is correctly used here. Where have you read this sentence?

    I know that the genetive case is used with expressions of time [among other uses] ;e.g :yesterday`s newspaper, but it`s not the case of your example in which "future" is attributively used.


    I`d like to see some experts` advice


    See you later,

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheena55ro
    I don`t think that the apostrophy is correctly used here. Where have you read this sentence?
    I know that the genetive case is used with expressions of time [among other uses] ;e.g :yesterday`s newspaper, but it`s not the case of your example in which "future" is attributively used.
    I`d like to see some experts` advice
    See you later,
    It must be a typing mistake. Cannot use the apostrophe in this case.

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    future's life= the life which is for/belongs to future.
    so you need it

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    Quote Originally Posted by matilda
    future's life= the life which is for/belongs to future.
    so you need it

    Sorry Matilda but you cannot use the possessive here. Future is used as an adjective in this example, the same way as we would say present life or past life. You can pluralise by saying future lives, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN
    It must be a typing mistake. Cannot use the apostrophe in this case.
    I agree with Davy. It must be a typing mistake.

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    TYPO. I also agree with you all...FUTURE LIVES should´ve been used.

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    Hi all:

    I have taken the sentence from the Toefl free sample work given at http://www.testmagic.com/test/ViewDt...ID=9&TopicID=1

    And I don't think it as a typo since the word, future' is repeated again in the same document.

    -Quest

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    Quote Originally Posted by quest
    Hi all:
    I have taken the sentence from the Toefl free sample work given at http://www.testmagic.com/test/ViewDt...ID=9&TopicID=1
    And I don't think it as a typo since the word, future' is repeated again in the same document.
    -Quest

    I have looked at the text, and it is an English learner's attempt to write an essay. There are quite a lot of mistakes in it, of which using the apostrophe after future is one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN
    I have looked at the text, and it is an English learner's attempt to write an essay. There are quite a lot of mistakes in it, of which using the apostrophe after future is one.
    Hi...There is a confusion, I guess. I agree that there are mistakes. But the essay is written by the TestMagic staff as models for TestMagic TOEFL students. That is what given at http://www.testmagic.com/test/

    PS: I am sorry to discuss about TestMagic, which is not the scope of this forum. However I am looking forward to hearing the expert's answer to my question on apostrophe.

    -Quest

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