Is the following sentence missing an apostrophe? If so, where?: The gazelles biggest threat is from a lions hunger.

1 Answer
Mar 21, 2016

Answer:

Yes. There should be an apostrophe in this sentence.

Explanation:

There should be apostrophes to indicate the Saxon Genetive form of the noun 'gazelle' and the noun 'lion'. They could be placed in 2 possible ways.

One of the possibilities is: The gazelle#color(red)('s)# biggest threat is a lion#color(red)('s)# hunger.
In this sentence both nouns are singular and are treated as a general name.

The other possibility is: The gazelle#color(red)(s')# biggest threat is a lion#color(red)(s')# hunger.
Here both nouns are plural and can be treated as the description of a specified group of animals.