Writing Grammatical Wrongs

November 17, 2010

Plural’s and Possessive’s and Other Thing’s Too

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So, I’m totally sick today – sniffling, sneezing, and spending too much time on the internet. Of course, that means I just have more time to come up with grammatical fodder to ridicule!

I’ve visited this blog before and wrote a post about the writer’s use of possessive “inn’s” when she clearly meant to use plural “inns”. She  never corrected that post and she continues to mistakenly use apostrophes. I should thank her!

And, in another of this writer’s posts on the same blog comes this gem (below). It is so common, the misuse of a possessive for a plural. But why? Why is it so hard to understand that if you have two of something just add an s (or es). That’s all. No need for an apostrophe. Even worse is the inconsistency that I see in so many blogs, websites, craigslist ads… In the same post (as in the post below) and on occasion in the very same sentence, a writer will correctly and then incorrectly pluralize and then make possessive the same word. What’s up with that.

Case in point: the post below. The writer writes that there are many “membership inns all over Oregon”. Correct! There are several inns, therefore, an “s” is added to the word “inn” and wah-lah, we have more than one inn! But in the very next sentence, she continues that “in some of those inn’s, artist’s reside”! WHAT?!? Inns. Artists. Why the apostrophes all of a sudden? Oy Vey.

I offered free grammar lessons to the tutoring organization whose craigslist ad contained seven grammatical errors, but haven’t heard back from them yet. Perhaps I should offer the same to this B&B guild. Any takers?


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