I have heard there is an impending worldwide shortage of the lowly [ ' ]. due to the overuse here on ATS...
Whilst not grammar
, per se
( there's another one!!
Latin, and other foreign words and phrases, can be dicey....a moment to
check on the InterWebz is usually a polite touch....)
So, as punctuation, the apostrophe, and its
** cousin, the comma....both rather important:
**(BTW..."its" is a bit of an exception. The word "its", by itself, is its own 'neuter' pronoun. Just as "hers" and "his" are gender-specific).
"The Panda eats, shoots and leaves.
" (Very funny book, that is part of the title, on the subject of punctuation. Useful, because of the
Sample Introduction page, courtesy
Now, back to....the apostrophe
?? Except in some VERY rare instances, does NOT denote a plural. (Exception, and it's to taste...some cases
ofter ALL caps acronyms, or numerals). Personally, not to my
taste, and thus I eschew
them (apostrophes) whenever possible.
Remember, simple....if there's an " ,,,'s " after a word, it is either noting a possessive, or a contraction....shortening the words "is" and "has",
mostly, when those verbs follow a subject. It is a colloquial speech pattern, that can be translated to written form.
Other contractions make English a "devilish" language, to non-native speakers/writers, as well.
Such as "is not" (isn't), "have not" (haven't), etc (et cetera)
. (Last one? That tricky Latin
All the above are by no means inclusive......
Of course. AND, since this is a multi-national, multi-cultural Board, well....allowance's can...... (tee hee!! Did it there, hope you
can be made, and some discretion applied. Still, the Web is a rich resource of
reference, so...no (or minimal) excuses?
I hunted the wild and woolly Internetzzzzz.....a bit, and this one seemed fairly simple and easy:
BTW...we ALL have to rely on the occasional dictionary/spellcheck reference....my biggest problem lately is an affliction of what I now call
" --- (Dyslexic Typing Syndrome). Fingers too fast for their own good.
"I just washed my hands, and can't do a thing with them!
edit on 7 December 2010 by weedwhacker because: (no reason given)