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    bowzee is offline Newbie
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    Default Apostrophes in scientific texts

    Hi,

    I have a doubt concerning the use of a apostrophes in sequence of words that seem to need them, which commonly appear in scientific texts and even more frequently if the such text is a translation from a Latin-derived language (as Spanish) where the direct replacement would be a large sequence of "of" separated words. I have read the rule that states that "add 's to the last noun to show joint possession of an object" but I am not sure if this is the case. For example, are these equivalent?:

    1) Neural networks are used to predict the behavior of the traffic of computers of the main connection.

    2) Neural networks are used to predict main connection computer traffic behavior.

    or is this the correct version of 2)?:

    3) Neural networks are used to predict main connection's computer's traffic's behavior.

    Or, as per the rule, is it simply:

    4) Neural networks are used to predict main connection computer traffic's behavior.

    Thanks, bowzee.

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Default Re: Apostrophes in scientific texts

    Welcome to the forums.

    #2 seems fine to me as it stands ,and needs no apostrophes.

    "main connection" is one adjectival phrase; "computer traffic" is another adjectival phrase.

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