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    mother('s) milk

    Hello

    He sucked it in with his mother milk.
    He sucked it in with his mother's milk.

    Are both correct? Do I need an apostrophe and "s," if not, why?

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    Re: mother('s) milk

    He sucked it in with his mother's milk. This one is correct, you do need the apostrophe.

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    Re: mother('s) milk

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    He sucked it in with his mother's milk. This one is correct, you do need the apostrophe.
    Really, I think I saw it without the apostrophe. Maybe even in a dictionary.
    Sometimes I just see similar combinations of words without an apostrophe, and do not know why

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    Re: mother('s) milk

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Really, I think I saw it without the apostrophe. Maybe even in a dictionary.
    Sometimes I just see similar combinations of words without an apostrophe, and do not know why

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    Mothers Milk as a general term for breast milk does not need the apostrophe but "his mother's milk" does because it is the milk which comes from/belongs to his mother.

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    Re: mother('s) milk

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Mothers Milk as a general term for breast milk does not need the apostrophe but "his mother's milk" does because it is the milk which comes from/belongs to his mother.
    Can you give me one or two more such general terms when you don't need an apostrophe?

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    Re: mother('s) milk

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Mothers Milk as a general term for breast milk does not need the apostrophe but "his mother's milk" does because it is the milk which comes from/belongs to his mother.

    Chapter and verse for this statement, please. The BNC doesn't like it as a phrase, and I have never met it without the apostrophe.

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    Re: mother('s) milk

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Chapter and verse for this statement, please. The BNC doesn't like it as a phrase, and I have never met it without the apostrophe.
    I see. So, mothers milk in your opinion is wrong.



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    Re: mother('s) milk

    Yes. Maternal milk is not.

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    #9

    Re: mother('s) milk

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Yes. Maternal milk is not.
    Is there any rule which says that it should be "mother's milk" and "maternal milk," or you just do it on a hunch


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    Re: mother('s) milk

    No hunch. One is more colloquial than the other.

    To go back to your original sentence, "take it in with his mother's milk" cannot be better expressed.

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