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    How to use apostrophes on 'schools' and 'syllabuses'

    Hi,
    I am writing an essay which has to have a descriptive title. The title I have chosen is:

    A study of schools' implementation of syllabuses' democracy related instructions via homework

    Am I using the apostrophes in a correct way?
    Also, does the title as a whole make sense?

    To clarify, it is a study about how schools (plural) implement any democracy related instructions that can be found in various syllabuses (plural) via homework.

    Any feedback is much appreciated!

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    Re: How to use apostrophes on 'schools' and 'syllabuses'

    I don't know what "democracy-related instructions" are, but you should use the hyphen as I have.

    Your use of apostrophes to indicate possession is correct.

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    Re: How to use apostrophes on 'schools' and 'syllabuses'

    Thanks for the feedback. It made me think and perhaps I will use

    A study of how schools implement syllabuses' democracy-related instructions via homework

    instead. It sounds a bit less awkward...

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    Re: How to use apostrophes on 'schools' and 'syllabuses'

    Quote Originally Posted by itsme1234 View Post
    Thanks for the feedback. It made me think and perhaps I will use

    A study of how schools implement syllabuses' democracy-related instructions via homework

    instead. It sounds a bit less awkward...
    Oops, I think I was a bit hasty in my comment. I cannot use 'how schools implement' as 'how' would indicate a description, when in fact it is more about whether or not democracy-related instructions are actually implemented via homework. So I have to go back to my original title:

    A study of schools' implementation of syllabuses' democracy-related instructions via homework

    Anyway, thanks for your feedback!

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