Apostrophe 2

Apostrophe 2

Postby Namosa on Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:47 am

Hi prof and thanks for your help.



Can we use ( Arabs' got talent ) as an implied noun, like : Arabs' people ??

Thanks again,
Namosa
 

Re: Apostrophe 2

Postby prof on Tue May 01, 2012 6:24 am

'Arabs' is not an implied noun; the word really is a noun.

And even if we imply another word such as 'people' what we will have is a noun adjective rather than a possessive. So 'Arab people' is possible (though 'Arabic people' is better), but I'm afraid you still do not have a possessive.

The only way to get this in the context you are looking for is to have a country and to suggest that its people have talent. If you simply want to say that the people have talent you must do this do this without a possessive.

If you must use a possessive, you need to lose the verb - as in 'Arabs' talent' but the moment you add a verb you have a construction which is a basic statement with no need of a possessive.
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