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    #1

    that of monkeys'

    Dear Teachers,
    I met a sentence today, and I am puzzled, I need your help.
    The intelligence of dogs is only surpassed by that of monkeys' and apes'.
    I don't understand why apostrophe"'" is needed here.
    In my opinion, The intelligence of dogs is only surpassed by that of monkeys and apes. this sentence is right. "that" is the surrogate of "the intelligence". why is "'" need? If it is necessary, why is there no "'" after the word "dogs"? Should it be "dogs'"?
    Please help. I am looking forward to your reply.
    Million thanks
    Japanjapan

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    #2
    You are right. There should be no apostrophes.

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    #3

    Re: that of monkeys'

    I am not a teacher.

    Perhaps they meant "by that of monkeys' uncles."

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    #4

    Re: that of monkeys'

    I am not sure that jokes like that are useful for the OP. Might it not cause confusion?

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    Re: that of monkeys'

    I agree, though know that I, like some other members, have been unable to resist similar temptation at times.

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