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LearnedHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-03 11:17 AM
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A tiny, tiny little rant:
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Sorry, folks, got to get this off my chest (hint: it's about grammar). I love it that one thing (among many) that distinguishes us from the freeps is our (mostly) intelligent discussion of issues.

However, the use (improper use and non-use) of apostrophes is making me crazy! Please, let's not look like the freeps with our grammar! Here are the guidelines:

1. NEVER (under any circumstances) make a noun plural with {'s}. EVER! It's incorrect 100% of the time!

2. DO USE apostrophes when you mash two words together into a contraction (let's, can't, wouldn't, don't, you're, for example).

3. DO USE apostrophes when you are indicating grammatical possession (the ________ belonging to the ____________): Bill's papers; DUers' postings; the Mods' edits; WillPitt's appearance; and so on.

Sorry for the visit of the School Marm. I just can't STAND IT when the postings I read here look like postings of a refugee from Freeperville.
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  -A tiny, tiny little rant: nm3damselfly  Sep-20-03 11:17 AM   #0 
  - Thats one of my pet peeve's too...  MercutioATC   Sep-20-03 11:19 AM   #1 
  - 'Cause it makes us look...  nm3damselfly   Sep-20-03 11:21 AM   #2 
  - Yeah! That's it!  MercutioATC   Sep-20-03 11:29 AM   #4 
  - One of mine as well. The plural, esp. w/ acronyms....just a lower-case  caledesi   Sep-20-03 04:38 PM   #16 
  - Well, I'm a writer, and it bugs me too. Most of my posts are...  lindashaw   Sep-20-03 11:25 AM   #3 
  - Congrats lindashaw!! 300 posts  newyawker99   Sep-20-03 06:10 PM   #17 
  - Okay, I'll try.  Brucey   Sep-20-03 11:35 AM   #5 
  - Sorry.  scarlet_owl   Sep-20-03 11:55 AM   #6 
  - Tiny? That's a biggie.  RC   Sep-20-03 11:58 AM   #7 
  - True...  nm3damselfly   Sep-20-03 12:02 PM   #8 
  - OK on the apostrophes -- I still claim poetic license on caps, though.  sspiderjohn   Sep-20-03 12:07 PM   #9 
  - Doesn't bother me.  scarlet_owl   Sep-20-03 12:08 PM   #10 
  - 4. ~ it's ~ ALWAYS means IT IS  Skittles   Sep-20-03 12:10 PM   #11 
  - If they ever open up  dofus   Sep-20-03 12:12 PM   #12 
  - I am such an idiot  MuseRider   Sep-20-03 12:13 PM   #13 
  - The apostrophe  dofus   Sep-20-03 09:10 PM   #19 
  - If I can understand what people are trying to say,  SiobhanClancy   Sep-20-03 12:55 PM   #14 
  - haha  HEyHEY   Sep-20-03 01:53 PM   #15 
     - Ex-high school English teacher puts in her two cents.  blondeatlast   Sep-20-03 06:52 PM   #18 
     - Hey, are you Allan Fotheringham?  ironflange   Sep-20-03 10:06 PM   #20 

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