FC: Elyse Toltzis 9/4/12 Mr. Yost Scrapbook | DO'S & DO NOT'S | APOSTROPHE
1: CORRECT | INCORRECT | The donut example is correct while the bicycle example is not. The reason being is because Randy has an an "'s" after his name; showing he owns the donuts. The bicycle sign is not correct. Even though there is an "'s" after bicycle there is no need for it. The bikes do not possess anything; therefore the apostrophe makes the sign incorrect.
2: INCORRECT | CORRECT | The sign is incorrect while the magazine is right. In "ITS THE LAW" "its" needs an apostrophe before the "s" because in Lynne Truss' book it states “the rule is: the word ‘it’s’ (with apostrophe) stands for ‘it is’ or ‘it has’. If the word does not stand for ‘it is’ or ‘it has’ then [what the sentence requires] is ‘its’”(Truss 43). This rule also shows that the magazine is right because the correct saying would be "it is my hair" therefore "it's" is correct.
3: INCORRECT | CORRECT | In the list above, the placement of the apostrophe in"100's" makes the list incorrect. To make the number 100 plural is to add an "s," and to get rid of the apostrophe. "This looks like it is saying 'one hundreds of uses'" (apostrophecatastrophes). The movie cover on the other hand is correct. The apostrophe is there indicating the omission of a figure in the date. In this case the apostrophe is replacing 19.
4: CORRECT | The apostrophe in this logo is correct. There is no way someone could say this is wrong because the apostrophe can feature in Irish names such as O'Neill.
5: This year we went on a class trip to the Legion of Honor. | INCORRECT | It is stated in current guides to punctuation that "modern names ending in 's' require the 's' after the apostrophe" (Truss 55). (e.g Keats's poems) However if the name ends in an "iz" sound, an exception is made. Since Bridges has that "iz" sound the apostrophe "s" is not required.
6: In the example to the left, the apostrophe in "you're" is correct. When adding an apostrophe to the word "your" it really means "you are". The web ad example at the bottom is incorrect because it is missing the apostrophe. "You are paying too much" would be correct therefore it should be "you're" with an apostrophe. | "to" is also spelled incorrectly...
7: The example to the left is incorrect. The example at the bottom is correct. It is right to indicate the plural of a letter with an apostrophe. The report card to the left shows that sometimes without an apostrophe it can create confusion. | Funny how the "a" student got this wrong and the "f" student got it right...
8: CORRECT | The apostrophe after the "s" makes this sentence correct. The possessor is a regular plural, as a result the apostrophe follows the "s". (There is more than one kid menu)
9: INCORRECT | This is wrong because there is no possessive where the possessive is required. An apostrophe should be placed after the "s".
10: This helpful ad online is correct! In Lynne Truss' book Eats, Shoots and Leaves it even gives the example: "What are the do's and don't's?"(45). The apostrophes are able to indicate the plurals of words.
11: The use of the apostrophe in the contraction "who's" is used incorrectly. The word "who's" is just like "it's" in the way that its meaning is "who is". The correct spelling of the word would be to drop the apostrophe and change "who's" to "whose". | CORRECT -->
12: WRONG!! | The "their" used in the Yahoo! article is incorrect. Instead, the word should be changed to "they're". "They're" translates to "they are" which would be the appropriate word used for this sentence.
13: The apostrophe placed after "week" in this movie cover is positioned in the perfect place. One of the many things apostrophes can do is indicate time/quantity. Therefore, this apostrophe is being used correctly. | RIGHT!!
14: "Take the word 'bananas': at first glance, you might suppose that the last syllable is pronounced 'ass'. How can the word 'banana' keeps its pronunciation when pluralized? Well, you could stick an apostrophe before the 's'!"(Truss 64). | CORRECT
15: INCORRECT | "Mangoe's" is spelled incorrectly. There is no use for the apostrophe. To make the fruit plural all they had to do was add an "es" or even just an "s". "greengrocers' problems"