Monday, May 14, 2012

Editing for Grammarphobes: Possessives


Today's Editing for Grammarphobes comes to us courtesy of that fun little grammar book, The Bugaboo Review, by Sue Sommer.

Possessive nouns have apostrophes.

the Jones'
children's
parents'
teams'
George's


Possessive pronouns do not have apostrophes.

hers
his
ours
its
theirs
yours



5 comments:

Kelly Hashway said...

LOL. Love the graphic.

Nadine Feldman said...

Good review! The whole it's and its thing makes me nuts!

Beverly Diehl said...

May I share with you a fun site?

http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/

the "blog" of "unnecessary" quotation marks.

The hits just keep on coming :-).

John Wiswell said...

The one that seems to throw the most people is a singular possessive noun that otherwise would have ended in 's.' It's Tim Jacobs's hotdog.

Karen Wojcik Berner said...

John, I have seen it both ways. I know the "Chicago Manual of Style" states what you said, but other sources still use the s-apostrophe.

Beverly, I will check that out. Thanks for passing the link along.

Nadine, I have to look it up a lot. I know what you mean.

Kelly, it is one of my favorites. I first saw it on BigAl's Books and Pals Facebook page. :)