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    Consumer needs or Consumer's needs?

    Hi,

    Any teacher could help me on this? To my understanding, Consumer's needs is the correct one but I have just came across a context in a book saying "Consumer needs". Likewise, a boy's cap, my dad's computer, Our school's football team.
    The latter not similar to "the consumer's needs"

    many thanks

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    Re: Consumer needs or Consumer's needs?

    Quote Originally Posted by jhol98 View Post
    Hi,

    Any teacher could help me on this? To my understanding, Consumer's needs is the correct one but I have just came across a context in a book saying "Consumer needs". Likewise, a boy's cap, my dad's computer, Our school's football team.
    The latter not similar to "the consumer's needs"

    many thanks
    You're right, they're not similar. In your latter examples, they refer to a specific item belonging to a specific person or institution (boy, dad, school).

    The former refers to "the needs of the consumer" where the consumer is not a specific person. We use phrases like this to describe unspecific people within a specific group.

    Student loans.
    Consumer need[s].
    Consumer demand.
    Police brutality.

    We wouldn't use the article before the noun in those examples.

    Student loans are at an all-time high.
    There is a huge problem with police brutality.
    The industry is led by consumer need.

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    Re: Consumer needs or Consumer's needs?

    Opppss It 's kind of "compound noun"

    crystal clear many thanks!

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