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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.

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Posted by on June 11, 2012 in Just A Thought

 

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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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