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    Airlines plane vs airlines' plane

    I came across this expression when I was reading news: "A Malaysian Airlines plane..."
    Can say "the Malaysian Airlines' plane..." instead? Is it a journalistic style?
    Likewise, I have met "the Luys Foundation Develop Armenia Together Program" without an apostrophe. Is there any rule here?

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    Re: Airlines plane vs airlines' plane

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Mher:

    Here in the United States, at least, readers would not expect something as "There were 298 passengers abroad the Malaysian Airlines' airplane."

    It would definitely be "Malaysian Airlines airplane."

    Over the years, there has been a move away from the possessive (genitive) in many cases. Many once-possessive words are now treated something like adjectives.

    In my city, for example, we have long had a hospital named St. Vincent's Hospital. (It was named in honor of St. Vincent.) A few years ago, however, it was simply changed to "St. Vincent Hospital."

    Because I an elderly (77 years old), I found this change very upsetting, and I continue to refer to it as "St. Vincent's."

    But I can understand that in this digital era, many speakers and writers want to do away with unnecessary clutter. So the apostrophe is now disappearing in many cases (as you pointed out, quite possibly daily journalism led the way).

    Another example:

    Here in the States, we honor our presidents with a holiday that is written in different ways:

    Presidents' Day
    President's Day
    Presidents Day

    I have to admit that I find the third example to be the most attractive.

    Last edited by TheParser; 30-Jul-2014 at 12:15. Reason: Misspelling

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