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I was reading a research manuscript and came across this sentence:

"The nursing program has integrated simulation throughout it's' curriculum as a vital part to increase the student's ability to provide safe, adequate, appropriate care."

Two apostrophes in "it's'", just to cover all bases. Smile
 
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...and if you read it as meaning that all students be able to provide quality care, not just one, then it should be "students'." Though I suppose a case can be made for the singular.
 
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I infer a plural in the case of "student's."

Not long ago I worked with someone who wrote my family name, "Sander's." Confused
 
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Oh? Does that make you related to Winnie-the-Pooh? (As in

-- Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders.
-- ("What does 'under the name' mean?" asked Christopher Robin.
-- "It means he had the name over the door in gold letters, and lived under it."
 
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No, it implies that I was conceived in a hardware store. That explains my abrasiveness.

BTW, no relation to Bernie. His forebears took the name upon arriving in the USA. Here's a fun Quora article on it: https://www.quora.com/Did-Bern...to-the-United-States

I have no idea how Winnie the Pooh came to live under his assumed name. I guess it sounds better than living under Pooh. Big Grin
 
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If it were "students'," would it be "abilities" then?
 
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Seems right to me.

Yesterday I had a cataract operation. The instructions for the post-operation eyedrops state that I'm to use them "4x's a day." "Four timeses a day???" I hope his surgical acumen is superior to his grammatical skill. Roll Eyes
 
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So, did you think it should be 4Xs a day? I am surprised they didn't spell out the times, to be honest. I could see patients with a less knowledge of health care than you having no idea what that means.

However, sometimes I make mistakes and use medical abbreviations and jargon in papers.
 
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with a less knowledge

Isn't the "a" unnecessary?
 
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"Lesser knowledge," I assume.

I think it should be "4X." "X" has a long history of meaning, "times." It's nothing like as ambiguous as "#," which has traditionally meant "number" or "pound," but which has recently (2014, according to one source)taken on another meaning. Because of this ambiguity, it seems inappropriate as a symbol in the slogan, "# me too." The intent is surely NOT "pound me too!" "Number me too" does, however, make sense, as in "Count me in."
 
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"X" has a long history of meaning, "times."

That's my favorite newspaper -- the New York X.
 
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The "a" before "less" was a typo. Sorry about that. I still think X could lead to errors.
 
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Not an apostrophe but a comma story - IF someone can get past the paywall: https://www.reuters.com/articl...claims-idUSL2N1PZ20S
 
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Now, that gets complicated. Language Log is always so good at breaking it all down.
 
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