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We have created a new sub reddit on Indian Academics, and are now thinking on the changes for the description to include even the abroad education questions of Indians.

We don't know complete grammar of English, and our user thinks this sentence as to be having grammatical mistake:

A sub-reddit for questions, discussion and resource sharing on Indians' academics/admissions/education.

We are thinking on there being a mistake in this part:

on Indians' academics/admissions/education.

Here is the reasoning given by the user:

im not a specialist in Language/Linguistics so my understanding comes from use and convention. so Indian is plural when used in the sentence "indian academics/admission/education" since it refers to indians as a people. Indian's would show possession but it would be incorrect to use "Indian's academics" since correct use would be India's academics. indians is plural but when used as "Indians academics/admission/education" the grammar is off since '/' is a substitute for and-or thus will read "Indians academics and-or research and-or education". thus right convention would be to have "on academics/admissions/education in India" or "on academics/admissions/education for indians. Im unfamiliar with the convention of how Indians' is used.

We are discussing here: https://www.reddit.com/r/Indian_Academia/comments/8gmq61/suggest_the_changes_for_the_description_of_the/dyj6opu/

We thought, here we would know on whether the sentence is grammatically correct or not in least time. We are even thinking to have "regarding" instead of the word "on".

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  • What is the mistake which is identified in that phrase?
    – Andrew Leach
    May 6, 2018 at 13:25
  • Please make your question complete: don't bury important information in comments. Proof-reading questions like this are subject to strict guidelines (see the Help and scroll down to "How do I ask about checking my text?")
    – Andrew Leach
    May 6, 2018 at 13:33
  • You should specify that you mean Asian Indians not American Indians, or just say that it's about Academics from India. Wouldn't want to confuse the Cowboys, now would we? :)
    – tchrist
    May 6, 2018 at 13:42
  • :) That would be precise. We will think on that.
    – Sensebe
    May 6, 2018 at 14:00

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Here's how I see it. Since Indian is both a noun and an adjective, your use of Indian s apostrophe dictates it to be a noun and that you are expressing a possessive relationship. Although it's grammatically correct, it is nevertheless less descriptive of what you are really trying to say, which I believe is 'academic of Indian descent' as opposed to 'academics who belong to Indians'.

And his/her second point is solid.

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  • Thank you for the answer. What description would you suggest for the sub?
    – Sensebe
    May 6, 2018 at 14:59
  • I thought on having Indian instead of Indians' in the description; but having only Indian seems to eliminate questions related to abroad education.
    – Sensebe
    May 6, 2018 at 15:16
  • @ImmortalPlayer I would suggest '...on Indian academics/admissions/education'. It reads like 'a place to discuss academics of Indian descent', 'admission in India the country', and 'Indian education' which means education of the Indian variety. May 7, 2018 at 5:31
  • Having only Indian instead of Indians', seems to eliminate questions related to abroad education. We intend to have even abroad education posts too. What would you suggest here?
    – Sensebe
    May 7, 2018 at 6:12
  • Abroad education from which point of view? For non Indians to india or the other way around? Either way, I think a general discussion on Indian education is all-encompassing. Otherwise I'd suggest adding education options, opportunities, or educational landscape. May 7, 2018 at 10:42

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