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    #1

    apostrophe 's'

    Hi,

    As I read some articles on the Internet, I came across the same phrase/nouns but written in a different manner.

    1. student achievement- students' achievements.
    2. student engagement - students' engagements.

    How these two varieties are possible?

    Thanks


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    Re: apostrophe 's'

    The apostrophe is a difficult part of the language to understand: it denotes possession. So students' ---would precede what is pertaining to students, so students' engagement would be the engagement pertaining to students. Student's engagement would be the engagement pertaining to a single student. To have an apostrophe the noun must be definite. Indefinite articles do not have apostrophes.

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