Hi again, grammarphiles – long time no see! Fasten your seat belts for another batch o’ boo-boos, scurrying out from under the rock moved by your intrepid Grammar Cop! 😀
- “$320 FORESOME; $80 single entry” (Golf tournament ad!)
- “…head over to Chez Nick on Greene Ave. for breakfast. This classic family diner celebrates it’s centenary next year.”
- “‘Family Picnic’ journal was ordered by a mother of the family, who’s daughter was just about to give birth to her second child.”
- At first glance, this appears to be a clever pun on ‘foursome,’ doesn’t it? But alas. It’s just a stupid mistake – don’t you agree?
- Here we have yet another botched it’s/its situation. Once again: IT’S is the contraction for IT IS; ITS = POSSESSIVE. So: celebrates its centenary. This is an exception to the rule we usually follow, which is to add ‘s to a word to make it possessive. With it, no apostrophe means possessive: its tail – its cover – its back – its side.
- This is a mistake seen way too often – especially on social media: WHO’S is a contraction for WHO IS. So how do we write the possessive form of WHO? Another exception: WHOSE! Whose jacket? Whose lunch? Whose ticket? Whose books?
Stay tuned for next Friday’s post-Halloween QUIZ. Let’s see how much you FF regulars have retained over these many weeks of toil and trouble! 😈