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    #1

    chimp behavior

    Nobody before Jane Goodall fully understood chimp behavior.

    Why isn't "chimps' behavior" used instead?

    What is the difference between "chimp behavior" and "chimps' behavior"?

    Thanks!

    Jason

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    Re: chimp behavior

    When we make compound nouns, we almost always put the first one in the singular.

    I have dented the car door.
    Lion behaviour is very unpredictable.
    I think we should do something about child marriage.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: chimp behavior

    Mind you, chimps' behaviour would work. It may sound more anecdotal and a bit less scientific, though.

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