Writing Topics: apostrophe

Apostrophe rule: 100s or 100’s?

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] This addendum to my previous blog entry on apostrophes is dedicated to the graphic designer friend of mine who recently posted a cry for help on Facebook, asking which was correct: 100’s or 100s. Naturally, her writer friends told her to ditch the apostrophe, which she […]

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Grammar brush-up: Rules for indicating possession with an apostrophe

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] Having worked with more than my share of tiresome subs who clearly quite enjoy getting their knickers in a twist about other people’s apostrophe crimes, I don’t want to get too snarky about the rights and wrongs of this important little punctuation mark. After all, you […]

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St Thomas’ Hospital or St Thomas’s Hospital?

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] In the comments to a previous post, reader katypea asks the following: “St. Thomas’ Hospital” (as per the directional signage around Waterloo) or “St. Thomas’s Hospital” (as per my sheer editorial common sense). Please tell me i won the arguement with The Boyfriend last night…? It’s […]

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Possibly the most embarrassing apostrophe crime ever

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[This entry originally appeared on Clare Lynch’s blog, goodcopybadcopy] Note to the The National Literacy Trust: when you’re bewailing the poor grammar and punctuation skills of the UK population, do try and get it right.

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The apostrophe: a friend for life

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Like Capricorns and rottweilers the apostrophe just takes a little bit of time to get to know. Take the time to understand him and you?ve got a friend for life – which is why I’m going to do you a favour and introduce you to his ways bit by bit, starting today.

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