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Correct use of Apostrophes - part 1

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Posted 10th September 2009 at 04:47 AM by The Copy Nazi

[LIST=1][*][B]Avoid using an apostrophe to indicate a plural.[/B] The incorrect use of an apostrophe to form the plural is called the [I]greengrocer's apostrophe[/I], since grocers are often the worst (or at least the most visible) offenders. If you have more than one apple, then write [I]apples[/I], not [I]apple's[/I]. If you cannot replace the word with "his," "her," "their" or "its" and if it isn't a contraction, then an apostrophe should not be used.[*]People often forget the rules when a word ends in a vowel, such as the word "mango." Many people write "mango's" instead of "[B]mangos[/B]" or "[B]mangoes[/B]".[*]An exception to this use is in the case of making a single letter plural. Therefore, [I]Why are [URL=""]there[/URL] so many [B]I's[/B] in the word "indivisibility"?[/I] is correct. This is simply for clarity reasons, so the reader does not mistake it for the word "is." However, in modern usage, the preference is to avoid inserting an apostrophe and instead surround the single letter in quotation marks before pluralizing it: [I]Why are there so many "I"s in the word "indivisibility"?[/I][*]Similarly, apostrophes can be used when talking about a word (e.g., [I]this list contains a lot of do's and don't's[/I]) but quotation marks can make it clearer ([I]"do"s and "don't"s[/I]).[*]An exception can also be made for numbers and abbreviations, although some consider this old fashioned, illogical and unnecessary. MLA guidelines suggest that no apostrophe is needed following numbers (as when naming a decade).[LIST][*]"I bought many [B]CD's[/B] in the [B]1990's[/B]." Incorrect.[*]"I bought many [B]CDs[/B] in the [B]1990s[/B]." Correct.[/LIST] [LEFT]From my buddy at [URL=""]Flagship Sydney Harbour Cruises - luxury boat hire Sydney - Sydney boat charters[/URL]
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    Very interesting! A good read!



    Any more post's coming up?
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