SCUA The Society for the Correct Use of the Apostrophe. MOTTO It’s seldom we see its proper use. A Facebook Ad - October 2010. IS TV AT IT’S BEST. Sign on meeting/conference room door of Tryon Branch Library, Pensacola, FL. UWF Writing Lab Rules of Thumb for Possessives/Apostrophes.
It’s seldom we see its proper use.
Real Good Grammar, Too
by Mamie Webb Hixon
cell phone’s cell phones
Venetian blind’s Venetian blinds
the cleaner’s the cleaners
used textbook’s used textbooks
test result’s test results
Y’all (NOT Ya’ll) FOR You all
doesn’t FOR does not
‘08 and ‘09
‘til the end of time
For possessive pronouns: noun.
Two Hillarys in my classDo NOT use an apostrophe
- Singular nouns: the mayor’s views (Exceptions include ancient proper names ending in –es and such expressions as for conscience’ sake.)
- Plural nouns that do not end in –s: children’s hospital
- Plural nouns that end in –s: the Joneses’ van
Aretha and Condi’s Duet