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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 2:57 PM

I know, I know, I know, I'm a grumpy old git, but am I the only one on here that hates the intrusive apostrophe? People, plurals only need to have an S added unless there's a Y in there where you substitute ie for y. So tiger and tigers, partridge and partridges, irony and ironies. You only need an apostrophe if you are adding the s to denote the possessive. So "the tiger's prey," or "the partridges' dislike for snow," when there's more than one partridge. Its and it's break the rules of course. It's the tiger and its prey.
Oh dear, oh dear, next I'll be bellyaching about "I was sat," when you mean "I was sitting," or "I was stood," when you mean, "I was standing." To say, "I was sat," implies you were placed in that seat by someone. But then I lie down, I certainly only "Lay down" wine.
Grump, grump, grump.Grin
Alan

Last Modified By alansnap at 26 Jan 2013 - 2:57 PM
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wrinkles
wrinkles e2 Member 5349 forum postswrinkles vcard United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 - 3:04 PM

You seem in a buggers muddle to me.Wink

arhb
arhb e2 Member 72277 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom68 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 3:06 PM

day stoppt teechin dis stuff in da 70s I fink dunno bout apostrafeez but lees we kood spel proppa bak in va day an wen to yooz a ful stop

Last Modified By arhb at 26 Jan 2013 - 3:06 PM
lobsterboy
lobsterboy Site Moderator 1014146 forum postslobsterboy vcard United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 3:10 PM

I was always taught the rule was "bung one if you feel like it, after all you can' always pretend its' just a mark where your pen slipped".

paulcookphotography


Quote: You seem in a buggers muddle to me.Wink

Or should that be bugger's muddle?

oldblokeh
oldblokeh  3820 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 - 3:19 PM

Add me to the Grumpy Old Gits Club. One of the English teachers at the school at which I work says "Mr Blokeh, English is an evolving language."

My reply to this is that there are some mutations that should be destroyed at birth.

One point I would add to your post, Alan, is that possessive "its" has no apostrophe.

alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 3:20 PM


Quote: I was always taught the rule was "bung one if you feel like it, after all you can' always pretend its' just a mark where your pen slipped".

Well maybe when you're using a ballpoint, but it doesn't work with a keyboard Grin

Grumpy old git - me I mean.

Last Modified By alansnap at 26 Jan 2013 - 3:20 PM
alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10529 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 3:22 PM


Quote: Add me to the Grumpy Old Gits Club. One of the English teachers at the school at which I work says "Mr Blokeh, English is an evolving language."

My reply to this is that there are some mutations that should be destroyed at birth.

One point I would add to your post, Alan, is that possessive "its" has no apostrophe.

Quite agree in full it would be "It is the tiger and its prey." That's what I typed.

Alan

Last Modified By alansnap at 26 Jan 2013 - 3:22 PM
rhol2
rhol2 e2 Member 3299 forum postsrhol2 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 3:31 PM

I quite agree,I also dislike apostrophised plurals..

There were some instances reported in the Press recently when certain local authorities decided to leave out apostrophes on certain street names, so, for example, St. James's Road became St. James Road.

Some say that we do not need apostrophes at all, but to denote the possessive,however, without them I would think that there might be problems in distinguishing singular and plural cases, as you suggest.

Similarly, with "sat" and" sitting,", "stood" and "standing", wrong usage simply sounds ugly..

I don't consider myself a "grumpy old git", but try to be open minded..however, I do bear in mind that one can be so open-minded that one's brains fall out.

Carabosse
Carabosse e2 Member 1139463 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 3:38 PM

I try to be careful where I stick my apostrophe! Wink

keithh
keithh e2 Member 1023045 forum postskeithh vcard Wallis and Futuna33 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 3:51 PM

Is that
Alansnap, alansnap or Alan Snap?

MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93501 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 - 4:05 PM

English lessons now eh.

....not healthy having your head up your arse ... trust me Smile

scottishphototours

Get a life..

saltireblue
saltireblue Site Moderator 43928 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway25 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jan 2013 - 4:16 PM

I am (or: I'm, if you prefer) a member of epz in order to have my images assessed and critiqued, not the use or mis-use of apostrophes.

Try here instead.

Malc

Last Modified By saltireblue at 26 Jan 2013 - 4:19 PM
oldblokeh
oldblokeh  3820 forum posts United Kingdom
26 Jan 2013 - 4:29 PM


Quote: That's what I typed.

Another thing that makes me grumpy is that I need new reading glasses.

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