Is the apostrophe placement in the next sentence correct? "The girl's basketball team won the championship."
Is this correct since the team is acting as one unit?
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It certainly deserves an apostrophe; for example, "women basketball team" is incorrect. It should be "women's basketball team," and therefore, it should also be "men's basketball team," "boys' basketball team," and "girls' basketball team."
"Girl's team" is emphasizing one particular girl on the team. For example, "Sheila's basketball team," i.e. the team Sheila plays on.
"Girls' team" indicates one team composed of numerous girls.
"Girls' teams" indicates numerous teams composed of numerous girls.