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9 June 2019 — Student's Book

 

How would you word this, student's book or student book

 

 

Student–Teacher Books

Did you order the student's book or the teacher's book of Easy English?

 

Read all options.
 

1.

No change. Use student's book…teacher's book.

Did you order the student's book or the teacher's book of Easy English?

2.

Reword to student book…teacher book.

Did you order the student book or the teacher book of Easy English?

3.

Reword to for students…for teachers.

Did you order the Easy English book for students or for teachers?

4.

Reword to student's version…teacher's version.

Did you order the student's version or the teacher's version of Easy English?

 

GLOSSARY

attributive – a descriptive word modifying another noun

genitive – expresses a relationship between two nouns (positioned next to /close to each other) for example, ownership, guardianship, kinship, a trait, origin, a related part, and so on. See Genitive Meanings.

(Huddleston 5 §16.5.2)

 

RESOURCES

  • Huddleston, Rodney and Geoffrey K. Pullum, et al. "The correlative comparative construction." The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge UP, 2002. 
  • Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2005.
  • Thank you to Farhad Hosseinabadi for bringing up this variation in wording on grammar book covers.

IMAGE

"Student–Teacher Books." J. Sevastopoulos, digital manipulation of stack-of-books-clipart. 10 June. 2019.