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    3 bachelor's / bachelors' / bachelor degrees

    which of the above is right? THANKS a lot

    I am aware that we need the possessive after 'Master' in a Master's degree. Not very sure about 'Bachelor' though.

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    Re: 3 bachelor's / bachelors' / bachelor degrees

    Quote Originally Posted by Tedwonny View Post
    Which of the above is right? THANKS Thanks a lot.

    I am aware that we need the possessive after 'Master' in a Master's degree. I'm not very sure about 'Bachelor' though.
    I have a bachelor's degree.
    He has three bachelor's degrees.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: 3 bachelor's / bachelors' / bachelor degrees

    Thanks for your reply and corrections! : )

    If bachelor were a noun functioning as a modifier, it would not need the possessive ' 's ' (i.e. a bachelor degree ) (another example: a flower shop; flower modifying shope)

    However, if it needs a possessive 's' to carry out its modifying function, I am curious why it shouldn't be s'?

    E.g. The three sisters' bags is right
    The three sister's bags is wrong
    ?

    Many Thanks again

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    Re: 3 bachelor's / bachelors' / bachelor degrees

    In your last example, "three" refers to "sisters", so the bags belong to those three sisters. In the original example the noun is a "bachelor's degree". If you have three of them, you don't have three batchelors, you have three degrees.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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