Would this sentence be correct? Is it okay to use the possessive on a number?
I am writing a formal document and I cannot use the name of the people I spoke with.
For example, let's say I spoke to Peter. I would want to say: "Peter's statement demonstrates his understanding of genetics"
Peter is Student number 1. Would it be correct to say: "Student 1's statement demonstrated his understanding of genetics"
- busterwasmycatLv 76 months ago
You can self-define a name, a title (as in this case) and then treat it as you would any proper noun when it comes to possession. There is a person we identify as "Student 1", so you could say that Student 1's choices were such-and-such, or whatever you would like to say. I would also prefer using a word instead of a numeral for one/1 in this situation, but it is not required.
- SumDudeLv 76 months ago
I would say "Student number 1's ... " but maybe better is "One of my sources said...."
- bluebellbkkLv 76 months ago
I agree with @Speed that spelling out the number is better. 'Student One's statement' ...
- SpeedLv 76 months ago
Yes, that would be correct. If it bothers the eye, consider naming him Student One, the possessive Student One's.