' Students' and 'student's'


I am confused why Grammarly is correcting the sentence 'Student's often makes mistakes' as 'stud ent's often makes mistakes' and not as 'students often make mistakes' which is how it is should be spelt.

Please can someone explain this.

See example:

Student's often make mistakes.
asked Apr 09 '13 at 17:16 kausarjb@hotmail.com New member

Let me please point out that "spelt" is a grain. More specifically, an ancient wheat. The correct word is "spelled".

JeffFeb 15 '14 at 00:28

"spelt" is also correct but is used more commonly in British English.

John HamerOct 04 '14 at 06:24

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Remember, Grammarly is merely software -- it doesn't understand what it reads, and it often results in random glitches. You may wish to alert Grammarly Support -- the link is at the bottom of this page -- to the issue.


That said, I use Grammarly as a second set of eyes for my writing. It often results in a false positive -- because it doesn't understand the context -- and many times it merely asks me to consider whether something is right or wrong. But! It forces me to review my writing. I often find a beter way to say something, even if Grammarly was technically wrong in its comment.


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Apr 09 '13 at 18:31 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

There should not be an apostrophe in the word students. "Students" is the plural form of student. This is not showing possession. However, if we look at possessive forms of the noun, student...               The student's hat is brown. Student is singular in this example. The hat belongs to the student. The hat of the student. Apostrophe indicates possession.                                                                   If "students" is plural{more than one student}, then the apostrophe in the sentence, "The students' hats are brown", would appear after the "s".   Hope this helps.

link comment answered Apr 09 '13 at 17:53 Kevin Knott New member

Yes, thanks Kevin. I agree,and knew this already. What I dont understand is why Grammarly tells me it should spell as 'stu dents'... it's weird.

May I ask, have you tried Grammarly? how do you find it?



link comment answered Apr 09 '13 at 17:59 kausarjb@hotmail.com New member

• Encouraged the development of analytical and critical thinking of the students discussions of exploring how old and new technologies can help to solve existing daily practices of companies.

link comment answered Oct 31 '13 at 17:57 Kim Bridges New member

What is that girl? It is a girl. She is a girl. Which answer is grammatically correct?

link comment answered Sep 09 '15 at 08:53 KAYIGEMA JACQUES New member

a student or a students 

link comment answered Feb 07 '16 at 22:06 Bipul Gonsalves New member

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