Grammar – Apostrophes and Plural

11 Jun

Hi, again. Time for a tiny bit of information and another small problem solved – hopefully.

Our ability to make the language we speak fit our lives is boundless. Unfortunately, the language we write falls by the wayside and gets kicked about into a mighty tangle of knots. Who has the patience to tackle a ball of knots and sort it all out? Not many.

So we won’t take on the whole. We’ll unpick just one easy, promising-looking knot today.

Here it is:

There is no need EVER, EVER, EVER to use an apostrophe in order to form a word’s plural. The only exception to this rule is where there is a chance for confusion to arise.

So, please, let’s have no more of this silly apostrophe abuse.

The only one I’ll agree to is dotting your i’s. That’s all. Lesson over.


Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Just A Thought



3 responses to “Grammar – Apostrophes and Plural

  1. Laura

    June 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Most grammarians allow the apostrophe in the plural of other letters, too, when the addition of the S creates a word, like U’s and A’s.

    • ellamedler

      June 12, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Of course, Laura. Letters are the exception. I didn’t mean to say ‘i’ was the only one. It was merely an example. But I can see I should have made it clearer. Thank you.

      • Laura

        June 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

        That was me just being nitpicky.


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