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Grammar

That Pesky Apostrophe – Lesson 3: A Refresher and A Review

We are wrapping up the Pesky Apostrophe series with Lesson 3 – a refresher on plural nouns and use of an apostrophe. Plural nouns don’t have a lot to do with pesky apostrophes, but they confuse even the nerdiest of grammarphiles, so they are the topic of Lesson 3. A table summarizing all 3 lessons […]

That Pesky Apostrophe – Lesson 2: Case of the Missing Letter

In Lesson 1 you learned a couple of simple scenarios about the possessive apostrophe (Mark’s fishing pole; Agnes’s or Agnes’ kayak if you need a memory jog). Lesson 2 examines another apostrophe personality, the lazy substitute. Too tired to just spell it out? Throw in an apostrophe and be done with it. English grammar calls […]

That Pesky Apostrophe – Lesson 1: Possession is 9/10’s of the Law

Next to the semicolon, the apostrophe is one of the most misunderstood punctuation marks in the English language, says me. Confusion arises, in part, because it’s such a multi-tasking little guy. Lesson 1 gives you some simple rules to apply most of the time when the apostrophe is showing possession. In the opening paragraph it’s […]