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?


November 16, 2010

Tutor’s Needed for Student’s!

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Oh, this just makes my day! An ad on craigslist for part time “tutor’s” contains not one, not two, but seven, yes SEVEN grammatical errors! I guess it’s a good thing they’re looking for tutors. Perhaps their staff can sign up for lessons.

Here’s a link to the craigslist posting:


Update: As of 9:30pm on the day of this post, the grammatical errors have been corrected. Could it be that someone at HQ received an email with a twitpic of the screen shot below? Who knows. They haven’t taken me up on my offer to tutor staff, though… still waiting.

And, since I plan on emailing them a link to this blog, I’m also including a screen shot of the page. You should take special note of the fact that the writer of the ad has not only turned plurals into possessives, s/he has misspelled the name of the organization! I’ve circled the organization name (Learn It Systems) and have drawn an arrow to the writer’s mistake: “Learn It System’s”.

August 12, 2010

Your Engaged! Get Married at One of Our Inn’s

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UPDATE 08/14/10: Well, they’ve made a correction, but only to the your/you’re problem in their main title. They’re still using the possessive “inn’s” when they mean to talk about multiple inns. Good grief. Here is their update.

UPDATE 08/13/10: Apparently the author of the post mentioned below has made some changes. As of this morning, the page is no longer available! I feel victorious.


I was doing a little research for B&Bs in Portland, Oregon, when I came across this gem full of grammatical no-nos. Once again the “your versus you’re” conundrum continues to baffle the general population, and my blood pressure shoots up into the danger zone. To make matters worse, these folks have “inn’s”, but apparently no inns.

Let’s review. The word “your” is possessive: your book, your sweater or your baby daddy’s other lover. The word “you’re” is a contraction of the words you and are:  you’re smart, you’re sure to win the prize, and you’re engaged.

It’s so simple. If your sentence makes sense with the words “you are”, you can use the word “you’re” instead. If it doesn’t make sense, use “your”. That’s it. That’s the rule. Use it, or I will make fun of you.

Now let’s talk about those “inn’s”. An apostrophe followed by an s makes your word a possessive which means it needs to be followed by an object: the inn’s architecture is unique, the inn’s bed bug problem remains unresolved, or the inn’s public relations department needs a proof-reader. If you have more than one inn, you have two inns, four inns, or one hundred and thirty three inns, but you do not have inn’s.

Here’s the offending website. I’m just waiting to see if they make any corrections.

Shortlink: http://bit.ly/9CE8DX
Long Link: http://blog.obbg.org/blog/oregon-bed-and-breakfast-guild/0/0/soyour-engaged

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