The Grammar Cop welcomes you back, dear friends… Come in and enjoy the frightful fruits of her labours!
- “Their’s are living testimonies that we need not fall into the ‘holes at night.'”
- “Quantum teleportation is a mysterious phenomena that can see information flung across space.”
- “Unlike McDonald’s, Orange Julep does not need a big sign to advertize its whereabouts.”
- How confused was this writer! Hi’s idea of spelling’s and punctuation’s is bizarre. Okay, there is really just one mistake here, but it’s a doozy. (Yes, doozy is a word. I looked it up!) There is no such word as “their’s”! It is an abominable excrescence best left at the bottom of a very dark, deep well, and – oh, sorry! Getting carried away. The point is: the intended word here is theirs. It is the plural form of their. Note that their is already a possessive form, so it is incorrect to add the ‘s to it. Now, as far as the “holes at night”? I have no idea!
- “Phenomena” is plural! The singular is phenomenon. Use it here.
- Evidently this writer (and I use the term loosely) does not know about using a spellchecker. It would’ve promptly singled out “advertize” as wrong, by underlining it in red. The word is spelled advertise.
Aaand the summer continues, with ever-terrible grubby gaffes. Join the Grammar Cop next week for another episode of Friday Follies!