No personal digs at anyone here! I hope it'll be helpful, as I hate to imagine people sending out their CVs etc with bad grammar within. But there are some real mistakes flying around this forum that make me cringe.
I.e. I just got two prestige's... My amp's are broken etc.... is WRONG.
Apostrophes are not used to indicate plural, nor are they just random things to put on the end of every word with an "s" on the end. They are used for abbreviation and possession only.
I.e. Jim's amp. Daniel's guitar. ==> The amp of Jim. The guitar of Daniel.
If it is a plural possession, the apostrophe comes after the "s".
I.e. The dogs' kennels. The footballers' changing room. ===> The kennel of the dogs. The changing room of the footballers.
If the word is already plural, just use the apostrophe regularly (before the "s") as the plural is already implied.
I.e. The women's changing room. The people's republic.
^^ Because it belongs TO the women, people etc, and they are referred to as a collective. "The dogs' kennels" must have it after the s, as otherwise it would be the kennel of the dog. This way it is the kennel of the dogs.
If it belonged to a group of women, to say "the womens' kennel" would be saying it is the kennel of several groups of women. Hence "women's kennel" = it belongs to one group of women.
Apostrophes can also be used to abbreviate words, substituting the missing letters.
I.e. The dog is running away. ===> The dog's running away.
Bob has been gone a while. ===> Bob's been gone a while.
Something that really bugs me is "I should of....", "If only he'd of..."
It's "I should HAVE bought the guitar." "If only he'd HAVE bought the guitar".
As in, I buy the guitar ==> I have bought the guitar ==> I should have bought the guitar.
Easy peasy. The reason people get confused is that it often gets abbreviated down to "would've" or "should've", which sounds like 'of'. But it's 'have' or 've.
I'm sorry. Rant over. Hope I've helped someone. Thanks guys!
Last edited by dannymills; 01-16-2007 at 03:55 AM.