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In Old English the most common ending to show possession (genitive), was to add -es to the root of the word. Here are some examples:
* Beowulfes bearn - Boewulf's (belonging to Beowulf) child
* cyninges wif - the king's wife
* scopes sang - the poet's song
I'm sure you can see how the genitive case has survived in modern English. We no longer use the -es ending to show possession, but we do use the 's ending. The apostrophe replaces the missing letter e!
Not every genitive (possessive) word had an -es ending in Anglo-Saxon, but most did, and so 's became the way to indicate possession.
Originally posted by Tinkleflower
If you see a sign saying "Apple's for sale" - fight back! take out your white-out and remove that offending apostrophe*.
Originally posted by dgtempe
You do have to make allowances for those who sometimes make mistakes, because English is our second language. Me, I'm the exception...by golly, i spell pretty well considering i wasnt born here
Originally posted by BLUBBER
What the hell are talking about ? Get off the slouch and quit reading Strunk & White. I can't spell for crap, but I get my points accros. Read the threads, don't investigate them. Sometimes dopes like myself leave little ' clues ' with the stupidity.
Is this banana cartoon stupid or what ?