girls basketball team (possessive or descriptive?)

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moonglow

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English – America
Should I insert an apostrophe after 'girls', as in The girls basketball team looks promising this year.

Thanks.
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Judging from how "girls basketball team" is spelled on websites *sponsored by girls basketball teams, I'd say that the apostrophe is needless.

    *Linked to St Mary's High School Girls Basketball
     

    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    Whereas I vote for including the apostrophe (despite the fact that I'm a fully paid-up member of the "Please-please-please-can't we-abolish-apostrophes-Society";))
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Whereas I vote for including the apostrophe (despite the fact that I'm a fully paid-up member of the "Please-please-please-can't we-abolish-apostrophes-Society";))
    I wasn't really voting for the elimination of the apostrophe, Loob. Instead, I was pointing out to moonglow that people who care enough about girls basketball teams to write about them regularly omit the apostrophe in that phrase. Being one of the world's least-informed sources of information about sports writing, I looked at what other people were doing rather than recommending what I would do.
     
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    Loob

    Senior Member
    English UK
    That's something new to me, owlman: I would have expected The Institution X Girls' Basketball Team to include an apostrophe.

    But if that isn't the norm, then that's fine by me, as an apostrophe-abolitionist:D.
     

    owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    That's something new to me, owlman: I would have expected The Institution X Girls' Basketball Team to include an apostrophe.

    But if that isn't the norm, then that's fine by me, as an apostrophe-abolitionist:D.
    It surprised me too, Loob, as did the information about your not liking apostrophes. :)
     
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