Hello again, Friday Follies followers! (Say it ten times fast!) Come and see what the Grammar Cop has found for you this week.
- “To that end, a petition has been set up and we encourage all readers to affix there names to it at the following link:…”
- “It turns out that I’m not the only one who’s phone habits have changed since getting…”
- “You can’t set a book the middle of a Hong Kong summer and not include a monsoon or two, as monsoon’s and black rain are common occurrences in this city.”
- Did this pop out at you: “there names”? It should have! The plural possessive pronoun needed here should be their. A recap:
their = plural possessive
there = adverb meaning in that place
they’re = a contraction for they are.
- Oops! Another pronoun error: “who’s” is a contraction for who is, which isn’t what you want here. You need the possessive form: whose: The only one whose phone habits have… Yes, it’s an irregular form of possessive, one we need to memorize.
- There are two mistakes here, one of which is probably a typo, so I can (barely) overlook it. The word in was left out, between “book” and “the middle.” See the second gaffe? (If you don’t, please re-read all previous 211 Friday Follies instalments. Kidding. Just the last 50 will suffice.) Why does it say “monsoon’s” here? Why the apostrophe-s? One of my great longtime followers, Magick Mermaid, would call this an example of an Apostrophe Catastrophe. It’s a wonderful turn of phrase! No! In this case, there should be NO apostrophe, since “monsoons” is neither possessive nor a contraction for “monsoon is.” On the contrary, it is a simple plural. I repeat: no apostrophe needed. (By the way, there’s irony in the errors here. This sentence was found in a post about the importance of setting when writing a novel. Any piece on writing should be error-free, don’t you agree?)
What’s the problem here? Well: his name isn’t Scotland – it’s Stotland. Might be a typo, which the Grammar Cop usually overlooks; but in a name, please, folks, always doublecheck the spelling. If it looks wrong, it probably is. Take it from me – there are probably very few cantors named Adam Scotland. 😄 (A cantor is a singer in a synagogue.) You also might want to shove the closing period inside those quotation marks. In North America, that’s how we roll – commas too. (In Britain they put them outside – commas too.)
Whew! Well, we’ve finally come to the end of this (I hope) enlightening, enriching, entertaining, and educational Friday Follies post. Your humble (?) Grammar Cop will take two weeks off for the holidays – December 20 & 27; she will return January 3, 2020, none the worse for egg-nog wear! Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and all other holiday greetings too! 😆