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Question:

Determine whether the underlined portion of the sentence below is correct or whether it needs to be revised.
Lockers in schools are often dilapidated, making student’s valuables susceptible to theft.

A making students’ valuables susceptible to theft
explanation

This sentence is wrong because of a possession error. Not just one student possesses lockers and many valuables. The sentence refers to “lockers in schools,” and your typical student doesn’t just have a ton of lockers to choose from! Because multiple entities (i.e. people) possess the valuables referred to, the clause needs to become “making students’ valuables susceptible to theft.” . Only choice making students’ valuables susceptible to theft corrects the possession error and makes a fitting descriptive clause.