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    Apostrophes are used to show contraction or possesion,

    but not plural.
    Some of Bob's words get apostrophes, but others don't.
    Also, occasionally for colloquial speech, just sayin'.

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    It's possession.
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    A lot if people theses days donít understand what either mean. I still stumble reading fast over people who donít know, or are too lazy to know the difference between your and youíre.

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    Agreed. Or there, they're, and their.

    And don't get me started about the Oxford Comma....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Luter View Post
    Agreed. Or there, they're, and their.

    And don't get me started about the Oxford Comma....
    Not so sure about the Oxford Comma but Their, there and they're, there is always this:

    Their, There, They're.png

    Recall the Oxford Comma being taught in grade school without the name. The rules of English were changed and it was removed from curricula by time I was in high school. Just like the double space at the end of sentences when typing.

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    U r - is what most type these days.
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    I was taught some things incorrectly when I was in Elementary school. For instance, I was taught that a comma always comes before "and" unless it applied to multiples of something. I still have trouble with that one. It was a very small school in a sparsely populated county.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Luter View Post
    It's possession.
    I thought this was possession

    Possession.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    I was taught some things incorrectly when I was in Elementary school. For instance, I was taught that a comma always comes before "and" unless it applied to multiples of something. I still have trouble with that one. It was a very small school in a sparsely populated county.
    Tom, what you describe is the Oxford comma, how I was taught, and still correct. As is two spaces after a period.

    I agree that apostrophes are misused all the time - its '70s, not 70's - but I think the battle for thats been lost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patty Hann View Post
    I thought this was possession

    Possession.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    I was taught some things incorrectly when I was in Elementary school. For instance, I was taught that a comma always comes before "and" unless it applied to multiples of something. I still have trouble with that one. It was a very small school in a sparsely populated county.
    Yup. Oxford comma. Old school, like me.
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    There are obvious incorrect use of punctuation but the other reality is that languages and their rules change with time so what the rule 5 decades ago may not be what is considered necessary today. My personal rule is to see whether or not the absence of a comma causes confusion or difficult reading.
    One space after a period is the common usage today but 2 is OK if that's your style. Our company's style rule was 2 and word-processing instructors that visited had a bit of an issue with it but the customer is always right.

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    - its '70s, not 70's -

    umm, should that be it's? . . . . just sayin' . . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stan Calow View Post
    As is two spaces after a period.
    One of my gripes about online posting is that most forum software automatically removes the second space after periods even if you put it in.

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    It should be easy to see. The crux of the biscuit, is the Apostrophe.

    I agree with the abbreviation usage too.
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