Monday, May 14, 2012

Apostrophe

So, apostrophes can be pretty tough sometimes. Because we use them in contractions and as possessors and as measuring devices...
It seems pretty simple as a contraction: It is = it's
but then what if there's a bicycle that has wheels...you don't use an apostrophe to indicate possessiveness. It's wheels were blue = it is wheels were blue.
hmmm. 
Its wheels were blue. 
Sometimes that looks weird so I take on the challenge of re-wording. 
The bicycle had blue wheels. 
The blue wheels on the bicycle were cool. 

But what about other possessed phrases? 
My name (Demings) for example ends with an S.
So, if someone talks about my awesome writing skillz then do they say Demings' writing skillz are AWESOME! ? 
Well...no. That's wrong. 
Because I'm just one person with awesome writing skillz and if you wanted to refer to other members of my family as well as myself-- you probably wouldn't use that anyway because I don't know another Demings that even writes... and I get a little confused with how to pluralize s-ending possessors, to be honest. 
The correct thing to say is actually Demings's which gives it more of a z sound which can be cool sometimes. 

But let's get back to the plural possessors. 
Here's a clever little example: 





Oh, and don't forget your feet :)

Write on!

5 comments:

  1. Ha ha, nice comic!

    I think misplaced apostrophes make me crazier than using hyphens as em dashes. And don't get me started on the AP Style Guide. I can't stand their rules on apostrophes...

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  2. So tell me...when do you use 's vs. s'. For example, Demings's vs. Demings'? What is the difference in those two?

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    1. hmmm... okay. here's where i get hung up on it myself.
      So Demings's in my case is that there is one person with the last name of Demings (with an s) who owns something.
      Demings' would imply (from my limited understanding of how this actually works) that there are at least two persons with the name Demings...hmmm. Well see, because if for example we used johnson, then it would be something like the Johnsons' home but, I don't actually know.

      My advice on this subject is to forego actually using the possessive apostrophe (because it's confusing for all parties involved) and simply say the Johnson home. the home of the Johnsons. or something. Perhaps I'm not the expert on using the possessive form. or apostrophes.

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    2. At least I'm not the only one who doesn't completely understand it. I usually avoid it for that reason. :) But thanks for the info.

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  3. How do you make discussions of grammar and stuff entertaining? You're awesome :)

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

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