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Friday, June 17, 2011

QUESTION: What is a grocer's apostrophe?

That's the darned apostrophe that pops up in signs announcing Apple's For Sale. It doesn't belong there!!! You don't need an apostrophe for more than one apple (Apples For Sale). You do need it to show something the apple is doing: The apple's bobbing in the water. (The apple is bobbing in the water.) OR to show something the apple possesses: the apple's peel is green.


bettyjane said...

Isn't it correct to use the aposophe in peoples names?

The Grammar Anarchist said...

Only when people possess something, as in "people's names"! It's a good idea to check spelling and punctuation when writing A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G.