Tag: apostrophe

Do you know the right choice when it comes to whose vs. who's?

Whose vs. who’s

Apostrophes often get people into trouble, so it’s no surprise that people often struggle with whose vs. who’s. Though it is a fairly common error, it is also fairly easy to avoid. X There’s no one whose going to believe in your movie more than you. X  It was not well received by parents like Anne, […]

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Incorrect punctuation marks dogging you?

6 punctuation marks you might be using incorrectly

Punctuation is the art of clarifying how a group of words falls together into contractions, clauses, and sentences. Unfortunately, it is not at all clear how some punctuation marks should be used! Let’s take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks. Even if you think you’ve got the topic all sewn up, it’s […]

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An array of punctuation marks on a typewriter.

The names of punctuation marks

Chances are that you use them every day – from ‘ to # and ? to . – but where did common punctuation marks get their names? Ampersand The ampersand is the sign &, used to mean ‘and’. The shape of the symbol originated as a ligature for the Latin et (‘and’) – that is, it […]

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The apostrophe is a bitter battle of the punctuation world

Do we need the apostrophe?

“The apostrophe is the most troublesome punctuation mark in English, and perhaps also the least useful. No other punctuation mark causes so much bewilderment, or is so often misused.” R.L. Trask, The Penguin Guide to Punctuation A recent decision by Devon County Council to drop the apostrophe from its road signs was met with dismay and anger […]

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It was not until the middle of the 18th century that catastrophe took on the meaning of sudden calamitous disaster.

Why a catastrophe hasn’t always been bad news

The word catastrophe often comes up in the news, whether in response to financial crises, sporting decisions, or natural disasters: let’s take a closer look at the word’s history. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word has been in use in English since at least 1579, although the initial meaning was somewhat different than how we generally […]

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The greengrocer’s apostrophe (or apostrofly) is the bane of some people's existence.

What is the greengrocer’s apostrophe?

Whilst battling through the Saturday afternoon crush in a local department store, I was confronted by the ghastly sight of a sign bearing a misused apostrophe – a little ‘eek’ escaped my lips, and it almost put me off my bargain-hunting mission: men’s pant’s What made it screamingly worse was that the signwriter had got […]

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