Editing for Grammarphobes: Possessives

Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER



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





















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A professional writer/editor for almost 30 years, Karen Wojcik Berner's wide and varied experience includes such topics as grammar, blog content, book reviews, corporate communications, the arts, paint and coatings, real estate, the fire service, writing and literature, research, and publishing. An award-winning journalist, her work has appeared in several magazines, newspapers, and blogs, including the Chicago Tribune, Writer Unboxed, Women's Fiction Writers, Naperville Magazine, and Fresh Fiction. She also is the author of three contemporary women's fiction novels and is a member of the Chicago Writers’ Association. For more information on Karen, please visit www.karenberner.com.

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.
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. :)

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