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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 09:33 AM
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Grammar police: Is it "Dos and Don'ts" or "Do's and Don'ts?"
I'm seeing it two ways. "Dos and Don'ts" seems correct to me.

Thanks for helping
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 09:46 AM
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1. Dos and don'ts, not Do's and don'ts
Edited on Tue Jun-23-09 09:47 AM by SteppingRazor
The apostrophe s is only for possessive cases.

On edit: Well, possessive cases and a contraction of is. But "dos" is neither of those.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 10:07 AM
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2. Dos and don'ts
There's also no apostrophe between a year and an S at the end. Correct: '70s; incorrect: 70's.
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 11:02 AM
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6. I thought so. Thanks everyone.
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madinmaryland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 10:12 AM
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3. DOS????...


:beer:

or

DOS 3.1??



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skygazer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 10:13 AM
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4. People do such amazing things with apostrophes
(That's "apostrophes" and not "apostrophe's")

I was reading a post on another board the other day which was just sprinkled with redundant apostrophes. I think a lot of people put them in whenever they end a word in an "s" but this person was putting them in and leaving them out with about equal frequency - every now and then, it would be correct.

It was sort of dizzying to read.
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 10:21 AM
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5. From the grammar book "Woe Is I"
Edited on Tue Jun-23-09 10:24 AM by RebelOne
My grammar book "Woe Is I" included a poem to help illustrate these odd plurals:

Words to the Whys

Ups and downs and ins and outs,
Forevers and nevers and whys.
Befores and afters, dos and donts,
Farewells and hellos and good-byes.
Life is a string of perhapses,
A medley of whens and so whats.
We rise on our yeses and maybes,
Then fall on our noes and our buts.

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ghostsofgiants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 02:22 PM
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10. Sounds like it was written by Skwisgaar.
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Mr. Ected Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 11:09 AM
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7. As long as you mind your ps and qs
It's really not a big deal.
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northernlights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 01:54 PM
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8. I've always wanted to have a dog grooming and training center
Named "Doggie Dos" and "Doggie Dos and Don'ts"
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-23-09 01:57 PM
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9. Don't do DOS (signed) OSX
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