MsMummy my brother did that once (yep, same brother as in my last post) but it wasn't over a misused apostrophe.
It was about 30 years ago and we were down south and had come to an ocean lookout. There was a sign there that said 'Beware Cliff Edges' and my brother wrote on it 'Who's he??'.
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07-03-2011 13:39 #321
07-03-2011 15:19 #322
I don't know if it has been said already, but human 'bean/been'
Don't know about anyone else, but I don't think anyone looks like a bean
And who's/whose. Drive me crazy! Its not "Whose coming over?". It's "Who's coming over?"
Whose is the ownership form "Whose is that?"
The apostrophe thing drives me crazy too. I learnt that he simple rule is that you only place an apostrophe (in that case!) where you are substituting a letter. 'Who is' become who's. There is no apostrophe where ownership is denoted, such as "That is Jordans" No apostrophe for a name unless it's "Jordan's coming over" and you are replacing the letter i in the word is
That doesn't apply to accents in names of course! Especially sexy French ones
07-03-2011 15:27 #323
There is definitely an apostrophe for ownership. The only exception to that rule is the word 'its'. Apostrophes are for both contractions and the possessive case.
In fact if you google 'possessive case' it will give lots of examples.
The apostrophe for possessive plurals goes after the 's'. So, for example, 'that is my friend's ball' is correct for the singular, and 'those are my friends' balls' for the plural.
I see that a lot on here - people writing " kid's " to denote that their children own something, but it's actually " kids' "
07-03-2011 16:03 #324Senior Member
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How about when people write 'wallah', instead of voila? I've seen that a lot lately and it takes all my strength not to correct it. By the way, I know there is an accent on the 'a' but I'm not sure how to type it!
07-03-2011 18:34 #325
There are two equally important functions for apostrophes in the English language:
1. To indicate missing letters; and
2. To indicate possession.
Even though "its" is a possessive adjective, it does not use an apostrophe, just as we wouldn't use an apostrophe in "ours", "hers", or "whose".
It used to be considered acceptable to use apostrophes when acronyms became plurals (eg MD's or CD's) however this is no longer considered acceptable. It is also not acceptable to use them for dates (eg the 1960s).
Some style guides will accept apostrophe use when forming plurals of letters of the alphabet, just to avoid confusion (eg "Mind your p's and q's"), however this is not consistent.
07-03-2011 18:51 #326Senior Member
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08-03-2011 16:36 #327
I heard someone being interviewed on the radio this morning and they said `renumerate'. It's a very common one but no less annoying for that!
08-03-2011 16:40 #328
You mean instead of Remunerate?
Because renumerate is a word
08-03-2011 16:42 #329
Sorry yes I didn't finish it - instead of `remunerate'. (at work, being quick!).
I just collected the mail and there was a flyer for a local restaurant advertising:
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I would just like to let everyone know I cant use apostrophes a lot of the time because my computer has a spaz attack and brings up some search bar at the bottom of the screen everytime I touch it!!!
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