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QP
Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 10:31:28 PM
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Hi friends,

I read a newspaper this morning and found the below sentence with curiosity.


Liu He, a vice premier overseeing economics and finance, told a group of officials Thursday that
Beijing had rejected a U.S. request to stop subsidizing industries related to its “ Made in China 2025” initiative, the person said.

Could anyone explain that why there is no 's' after 'request'? I understand that U.S. is singular, 's' should be added?

QP
Islami
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:02:05 AM
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"a U.S. request"
a request by United States.

'request' is not a verb here. If 's' is added then it will mean many requests; will have to omit 'a'. IMO



Just because the writer of an article is British doesn't mean that they use English correctly-DragOnspeaker.
Rodrigo Cesar Bagnara
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:40:25 AM

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From what I learn at the school, "'s" is used when is the case of ownership of something.

Thanks for letting me help! =D

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FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 12:29:09 PM

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No "s" is required because it is a single request, not plural/multiple requests.

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BobShilling
Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018 1:20:10 AM
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Rodrigo Cesar Bagnara wrote:
From what I learn at the school, "'s" is used when is the case of ownership of something.
That is sometimes tue if you use an apostrophe. However, that is not the case in the sentence in O's post.

Islami and FD have provided the correct answer.
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