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    #1

    Can ""the susceptibility of the virus" be expressed as ""the virus susceptibility"?

    To make the question more concrete, here we get a title:

    The Susceptibility of the Virus to Ethyl Ether

    Can we rewrite it as:

    The Virus Susceptibility to Ethyl Ether



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    Re: Can ""the susceptibility of the virus" be expressed as ""the virus susceptibility

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    That seems possible to me, but only if you place an apostrophe behind virus. So:

    The Virus' Susceptibility to Ethyl Ether.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 12-Aug-2012 at 16:44. Reason: apostrophe behind virus (not susceptibility)

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    Re: Can ""the susceptibility of the virus" be expressed as ""the virus susceptibility

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    That seems possible to me, but only if you place an apostrophe behind susceptibility. So:

    The Virus' Susceptibility to Ethyl Ether.

    Thanks.
    But it looks weird to me.

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    Re: Can ""the susceptibility of the virus" be expressed as ""the virus susceptibility

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    But it looks weird to me.
    It looks weird to me, too.

    Would 'The Virus's Susceptibility to Ethyl Ether' look less weird?

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    Re: Can ""the susceptibility of the virus" be expressed as ""the virus susceptibility

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    It looks weird to me, too.

    Would 'The Virus's Susceptibility to Ethyl Ether' look less weird?

    Rover
    Equally, not less.
    A Comprehensive English Grammar by ECKERSLEYS tells us the right form of a possessive case:

    Moses' Laws
    Hercules' labours
    For goodness' sake
    The boys' house

    They need not to be expressed as Moses's Laws, Hercules's labours...

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    Re: Can ""the susceptibility of the virus" be expressed as ""the virus susceptibility

    That is not THE right form (except boys' which is a plural ending in S). It is A form. Some consider the use of ' alone after a singular noun ending in S okay to show possession, especially with so-called classical names like Jesus and Moses. Others believe that 's is required or at least preferable. James's sister, the virus's susceptibility, etc.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Can ""the susceptibility of the virus" be expressed as ""the virus susceptibility

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That is not THE right form (except boys' which is a plural ending in S). It is A form. Some consider the use of ' alone after a singular noun ending in S okay to show possession, especially with so-called classical names like Jesus and Moses. Others believe that 's is required or at least preferable. James's sister, the virus's susceptibility, etc.
    Thank you.
    But how to pronounce James's sister? /dʒeimziz 'sɪstə/?

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    Re: Can ""the susceptibility of the virus" be expressed as ""the virus susceptibility

    I'm horrible with the phonetic symbols, but yes, it ends i "iz." Did you see James-iz sister. The virus-iz susceptibility. In Jesus-iz name.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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