Find the Error 35
(Extract adapted from a leaflet advertising a fundraising appeal
by a regional charity)
What kind of mistake do you see? (Choose one:)
- doesn't make sense
- singular / plural
This is a straightforward case of a missing apostrophe. The 'Life' belongs to
the 'Child' – the two words are related – so there must be a possessive
apostrophe 's' after 'Child'. We know that the plural form of the noun 'Child'
would be 'Children', which tells us there is no such word as 'Childs' – it isn't
in the dictionary; it isn't the plural of 'Child'. The sentence should read:
'Improve a Child's Life'.
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