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    teenagers' crime rates

    Today, in modern societies, youth drug abuse is increasing. This problem is getting worse all over the world. This essay will have a close look at the cause of this problem, analyze the effects and suggest the solutions.
    The reasons for this behavior are unclear, but some parents blame the movies and TV programs on drug abuse by saying they have influenced it...... In addition, teenagers' crime rates have dramatically increased.

    Is this grammatically correct?
    teenagers' crime rates

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    #2

    Re: teenagers' crime rates

    "teenage crime rates" is the natural phrasing.

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    #3

    Re: teenagers' crime rates

    Yes, it is, but teenagers' crime rates is grammatically correct.

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    Re: teenagers' crime rates

    What about "the crime rates of teenagers"?

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    #5

    Re: teenagers' crime rates

    Stick to Raymott's version.

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    Re: teenagers' crime rates

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Today, in modern societies, youth drug abuse is increasing. This problem is getting worse all over the world. This essay will take a close look at the cause of this problem, analyze the effects and suggest solutions. [No "the." You're suggesting some solutions, not all of them.]

    The reasons for this behavior are unclear, but some parents
    blame the movies and TV programs for drug abuse by saying they have influenced it...... [You said it backwards. Parents don't blame movies and TV on drug abuse. They blame drug abuse on movies and TV. So I changed "on" to "for."]

    In addition, teenage crime rates have dramatically increased. [This needs to be a new paragraph, because it introduces a different topic than parents blaming mass media.

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    teenagers' crime rates No.
    Does that make sense?
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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