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Hi there,

"While the visuals were good for Trump and may have helped ease concerns of any supporters given pause by the debate on his mental state, the session also at times deepened uncertainty about exactly where he stands."

Trump's image rehabilitation show - CNNPolitics

Should the underlined part be changed into "supporters'" (with an apostrophe)? If not, how am I supposed to understand it?


  • There should be no apostrophe.

    You may understand it as "any supporters who were given pause by the debate."

    If a group of supporters are given pause by the debate, it means that as a result of the debate, they must now stop and reconsider their support.

    Here is an old thread on the phrase, with Keith Bradford noting that you find it in a famous passage from Shakespeare's play Hamlet.
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