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    At the war veterans' protest

    I am wondering if my sentence is grammatically correct.

    At the war veterans' protest, John, disappointed with the government, tore his bravery medal off his uniform and tossed it at the prime minister's office.

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    Re: At the war veterans' protest

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    At the war-veterans' protest,
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    Re: At the war veterans' protest

    I wouldn't use a hyphen there. It's just "war veteran" in BrE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: At the war veterans' protest

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I wouldn't use a hyphen there. It's just "war veteran" in BrE.
    In Canadian English and I expect American English hyphens are not used in this fashion either. I have seen Teechar make many such changes to my posts in this manner and I wish he would not do so.
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    Re: At the war veterans' protest

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynxear View Post
    In Canadian English and I expect American English hyphens are not used in this fashion either.
    I accept what you have to say, though I do not necessarily agree with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynxear View Post
    I have seen Teechar make many such changes to my posts in this manner and I wish he would not do so.
    That, I do not accept. I will continue to make corrections to your (and anyone's) posts if I spot any mistakes.

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    Re: At the war veterans' protest

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    That, I do not accept. I will continue to make corrections to your (and anyone's) posts if I spot any mistakes.
    A mistake to you may not be a mistake to the writer. Please keep that in perspective.

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    Re: At the war veterans' protest

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynxear View Post
    In Canadian English and I expect American English hyphens are not used in this fashion either.
    I have never seen "war-veteran".

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    Re: At the war veterans' protest

    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg927 View Post
    A mistake to you may not be a mistake to the writer. Please keep that in perspective.
    And please keep in perspective that the whole point of a forum is to be able to discuss a point and for members to make their own contributions. If you (or other members) disagree with my suggested edits/corrections, I'm quite happy to note any point raised.

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    Re: At the war veterans' protest

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post

    At the war veterans' protest, ...
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    May I raise a point that may seem unimportant to most native speakers?
    In American English, there has long been a trend to unclutter sentences with unnecessary apostrophes.


    For example, I believe that many Americans nowadays would be more comfortable with sentence 3:

    1. "We will celebrate Presidents' Day."
    2. "We will celebrate President's Day."
    3 "We will celebrate Presidents Day."

    Thus, I believe that many Americans would prefer: "At the war veterans protest, Paul tore off his medal."

    As you can see, the sentence does not have the clutter of an apostrophe. It looks much "cleaner." There is no unnecessary apostrophe to distract the reader's attention.
    Last edited by TheParser; 27-Aug-2017 at 14:39.

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    Re: At the war veterans' protest

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    And please keep in perspective that the whole point of a forum is to be able to discuss a point and for members to make their own contributions. If you (or other members) disagree with my suggested edits/corrections, I'm quite happy to note any point raised.
    That's a given, isn't it? Lyxear apparently was irritated by your corrections as he politely asked you not to correct his posts. It's your prerogative as a mod to continue to make corrections to his or my or any other members' posts. It's your right. But just as I pointed a fact that "a mistake to me doesn't mean a mistake to the writer" I keep that in perspective for myself if I ever make corrections to anyone's posts. It was just a fact I pointed out since we can be overzealous and think we are right all the time and that applies to me whenever I make a contribution as well as I believe should be to anyone else. There's no need to get defensive. I wasn't attacking your knowledge or integrity. I politely asked you to consider my proposition and you have full authority to do what you think is right and productive.

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