Grammar School for Bloggers: Plurals and Apostrophes
Posted Aug 26 2009 10:16pm
For today’s lesson, I’d like to point out an error that I see frequently: using an apostrophe to make a plural* word. This is what I mean:
This site has some great giveaway’s! She looked like a rock star from the 1980’s. Parent’s need to be informed.
In most cases, an “apostrophe s” is used to show ownership, as in…
Her daughter’s coat was missing.
…or as a contraction.
There’s a man at the door.
However, apostrophes are not necessary when you are pluralizing a word, such as “ giveaways ” or “ parents ” in the examples above.
Decades and centuries are very commonly written incorrectly. They should look like this:
1980s NOT 1980’s 1920s NOT 1920’s 1800s NOT 1800’s
Correct: Many wars were waged in the 1800s. Incorrect: Many people were unemployed in the 1930’s.
Is there any ownership going on ( daughter’s coat )? If yes, use the apostrophe. Am I using a contraction ( there’s )? If yes, use the apostrophe. Am I using the plural form of a word ( giveaways )? If yes, skip the apostrophe.