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Which one of those is correct grammatically? I

We evaluate 1000 student result

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We evaluate 1000 student results

Or

We evaluate 1000 students' results

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Unlike some languages, nouns after a number other than 1 are plural in English - even after 0 and 0.5.

The distinction between student results and students' results is a different question. Both are valid, and in most contexts there is no practical difference in meaning (though there could be in some cases). The first is a compound noun phrase, with student (usually in the singular) as a modifier. The second is a possessive construction.

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  • I totally agree. The last sentence does, to me, seem to be the most stylistically graceful. It's also very clear.
    – Jill
    Dec 12, 2019 at 19:19
  • What about "Settlers of Catan is a three-player game"? is that correct? do I need the hyphen? Oct 14, 2022 at 15:16
  • @JohannesWentu: it's fine, and most people would use the hyphen (though personally I'm not interested in discussions about the branch of fashion called punctuation). But please don't pose unrelated questions in the comments: if you have a question, raise it as a question.
    – Colin Fine
    Oct 14, 2022 at 17:03
  • why is it unrelated? three is a number and I'd like to know if after that I need to write the singular or the plural of a noun. in my language, we would write "three players" because plural means "more than one" and three is definitely more than one. This is why I am asking in a thread called "Plural or singular after a number?". I don't understand your request. Oct 21, 2022 at 20:14
  • I thought it was unrelated because you are asking about the modifier "three-player". There was no such construction in your original question. But I can see that if in your language such modifiers take plural inflection, it might not look like a different case to you.
    – Colin Fine
    Oct 21, 2022 at 22:24

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