This week on Ask a Teacher, we answer a question from Shohei from Japan. He says: I would like to know the difference between "America's" and "American." For example, are there any gaps (in meaning) between "America's people" and "American people"? Hi Shohei, the two phrases have the same general meaning. Both describe people who are from America or are living in America. But there are a few minor differences. One difference between the phrases is their grammar. The word "America's" is a proper noun in possessive form. A proper noun is a particular name for a person, place or thing.