institution's motive or institutions motive


which is correct on in this context.

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Where a counsellor or help-giver comes to the knowledge that the governing institution's drive or motive for establishing counselling service will short-change a help-seeker or his family homeostasis, counsellors apply their love for humanity and for God to reconcile the governing institutions motive with the help-seeker's desired outcome.
asked Jun 16 '13 at 12:43 JOSEPH New member

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The motive belongs to the institution, so you want to use the possessive apostrophe "s" (institution's). Without the apostrophe, institutions is merely plural.

link comment answered Jun 16 '13 at 14:19 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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