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# The principal tried to calm the worried students' parents

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04 May 2013, 00:12
The principal tried to calm the worried students' parents, as a result of those students disappearing in the storm.

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04 May 2013, 02:21
targetgmatchotu wrote:
The principal tried to calm the worried students' parents, as a result of those students disappearing in the storm.

Correct it

I don't know how far I can modify the sentence, but anyway:

The principal tried to calm down the parents of students who disappeared in the storm.

The principal tried to calm down the parents whose student children disappeared in the storm.
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04 May 2013, 07:08
HumptyDumpty wrote:
targetgmatchotu wrote:
The principal tried to calm the worried students' parents, as a result of those students disappearing in the storm.

Correct it

I don't know how far I can modify the sentence, but anyway:

The principal tried to calm down the parents of students who disappeared in the storm.

The principal tried to calm down the parents whose student children disappeared in the storm.

Just need an opinion on the phrase "worried students' parents".Why this phrase isn't correct?

IMHO , worried (ADJ) Students's (ADJ) Parents(NOUN).So "worried" correctly modifies parents as per the pattern.

The correct one as per MGMAT SC Guide is:

The principal tried to calm the worried parents of the students who had disappeared in
the storm.
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04 May 2013, 07:44
targetgmatchotu wrote:
The correct one as per MGMAT SC Guide is:

The principal tried to calm the worried parents of the students who had disappeared in
the storm.

Yeah, was quite close.

targetgmatchotu wrote:
Just need an opinion on the phrase "worried students' parents".Why this phrase isn't correct?

Does it sound clear to you? This is genitive case (the case denoting possession or close association). I think Manhattan SC mentions something like "you can't go too far inside the genitive", I don't remember precisely.

Quote:
The principal tried to calm the worried students' parents, as a result of those students disappearing in the storm.

Leave alone the second clause (please write if it's not clear, I'll try to help).
The first clause is ambiguous. Were the students worried or the parents? -> Grammatical error.
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