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Topic # 147196 12-Jun-2014 10:28
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Ok maybe half a tart head but still, I've been losing so much sleep over apostrophes.
So please shoot me later, but allow me to post the official correct way to use an apostrophe.

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The best way to get apostrophes right is to understand when and why they are used. There are two main cases –

 


Apostrophes and plural forms
The general rule is that you should not use an apostrophe to form the plurals of nouns, abbreviations, or dates made up of numbers:
just add -s (or -es, if the noun in question forms its plural with -es).

For example:
euro euros (e.g. The cost of the trip is 570 euros.)
pizza pizzas (e.g. Traditional Italian pizzas are thin and crisp.)
apple apples (e.g. She buys big bags of organic apples and carrots.)
MP MPs (e.g. Local MPs are divided on this issue.)
1990 1990s (e.g. The situation was different in the 1990s.)
It's very important to remember this grammatical rule.



Ok shoot me now. Phew.

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  Reply # 1063875 12-Jun-2014 10:31
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Maybe not so important for geekzone, but maybe for bloggers.

But please if you want to be a journalist on stuff ... learn this! Please.

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  Reply # 1063876 12-Jun-2014 10:32
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Don't forget Bob!


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  Reply # 1063881 12-Jun-2014 10:34
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Ok I think's I gets' now, so many apostrophies' it,s confusing




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  Reply # 1063884 12-Jun-2014 10:38
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Ewe'll bee pleased to no that it's not only apostrophe's misuse that offends, it's the lose usage of incorrect words that that determines whether an author is a looser or knot.

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  Reply # 1063885 12-Jun-2014 10:38
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The Oatmeal also has a good guide to using apostrophe's. (my head just about asploded writing that intentionally wrong!)

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  Reply # 1063886 12-Jun-2014 10:39
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I'll play your silly game :)

People screwing up then and than disrupt my reading something chronic.
Then - is a reference to time. I'd like this then I'll have that.
Than - is a comparison. I'd rather have this than that.




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  Reply # 1063887 12-Jun-2014 10:41
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When i went's to school's they taught's me how to use's properly. Now's Im good.

But yes, School did someone leave me with average grammar.




 


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  Reply # 1063888 12-Jun-2014 10:41
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andrewNZ: I'll play your silly game :)

People screwing up then and than disrupt my reading something chronic.
Then - is a reference to time. I'd like this then I'll have that.
Than - is a comparison. I'd rather have this than that.



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Whether is like saying if. 






 


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  Reply # 1063892 12-Jun-2014 10:45
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English is both adaptive and bloody horrible.




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  Reply # 1063893 12-Jun-2014 10:46
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ive got better things to worry about like if i left the stove/iron/tap on, did i turn the toaster off?  is the fridge shut properly? is my tv off (dont want screen burn)? is my front door locked?  is the garage door down?....

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  Reply # 1063894 12-Jun-2014 10:47
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reven: ive got better things to worry about like if i left the stove/iron/tap on, did i turn the toaster off?  is the fridge shut properly? is my tv off (dont want screen burn)? is my front door locked?  is the garage door down?....


You left your front door unlocked when you were checking the garage this morning




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joker97: Ok maybe half a tart head but still, I've been losing so much sleep over apostrophes.
So please shoot me later, but allow me to post the official correct way to use an apostrophe.
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OCD is an anxiety disorder, which is usually seriously problematic and painful for its sufferers.  If you want to be pedantic about language, how about being pedantic enough to call yourself a pedant and not treat OCD like it's a joke of some kind. 

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  Reply # 1063911 12-Jun-2014 11:04
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Glassboy:
joker97: Ok maybe half a tart head but still, I've been losing so much sleep over apostrophes.
So please shoot me later, but allow me to post the official correct way to use an apostrophe.
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OCD is an anxiety disorder, which is usually seriously problematic and painful for its sufferers.  If you want to be pedantic about language, how about being pedantic enough to call yourself a pedant and not treat OCD like it's a joke of some kind. 


actually being concerned about apostrophes could well indicate OCPD




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  Reply # 1063913 12-Jun-2014 11:09
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Glassboy: OCD is an anxiety disorder, which is usually seriously problematic and painful for its sufferers.  If you want to be pedantic about language, how about being pedantic enough to call yourself a pedant and not treat OCD like it's a joke of some kind. 

I had a tutor who used to call me "pendantic". I always wondered, "is it being pedantic to tell him he's saying it wrong?"




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