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Re: Yamaha 614
11/10/2006 5:19 PM
Flint Cowden (2941) wrote:
Yes, I need to get to that home page one of these days. But I can answer questions about apostrophes. They can be tricky in certain cases, but aren't that hard in general.
They're used for two different things, and that's what causes confusion. They indicate possession, and they indicate contraction (two words stuck together with letters omitted). The first sentence in this paragraph uses two contractions: they're and that's (short for "they are" and "that is").
In possessives, apostrophes fall either before the final s character if the owner is singular, or after the s if the owner is plural. For example, if I have one brother, then I'd write of my brother's house. If I have two brothers who both have houses, I'd write of my brothers' houses.
The word "it's" is especially tricky, because here the apostrophe becomes ambiguous: 'it' can be the owner (for example, to say "minding its own business), and it can be part of a contraction. So this becomes an exception - the apostrophe indicating possession is omitted.
Now, at the serious risk of permanently alienating Vern, consider his sentence: "I would like to know why you find it necessary to correct a members spelling mistake`s all the time." This sentence makes TWO apostrophe errors. He omits the apostrophe from "member's", and he adds one on the simple plural "mistakes". Simple plurals never take apostrophes. (And note Vern spoke about a member in the singular, not all members in the plural. He could have also written about "correcting our members' spelling mistakes" in reference to all members, in which case the apostrophe moves).
Just to beat this dead horse into the ground (I trust you understand that I'm not being entirely serious about this, though what I'm saying is accurate), I've noticed that some people insert an apostrophe before the final s character of nearly ANY word ending in s. I presume they do this for prophylactic reasons - they are guaranteed to get it right some of the time!
Anyway, I'm not trying to pretend I'm smarter than anyone else. When it comes to bass, I'm well aware that I'm a lot dumber.
(as a footnote, "typo" isn't considered a typo; it has through sheer usage become a "real" word and is no longer regarded as an abbreviation.)