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We did a little research on apostrophe use in Mother’s Day and Father’s Day messages floating around cyberspace and …
By far, there were more mistake’s for Mother’s than there were foul up’s for Father’s … (of course, our apostrophe abuse is intentional here).
We thought you might get a chuckle at some of our findings, so, here you go:
Therefore, today’s punctuation concentration is on avoiding that embarassing apostrophe catastrophe …
To start, let’s define this little character:
apostrophe. noun. a mark of punctuation ( ‘ )used to indicate possessive case or omission of one or more letter(s) from a word.
You may see some sources state that the apostrophe is also used for indicating plurals of abbreviations, acronyms and symbols. We heartily disagree with this usage — we feel that this practice is outdated.
We do like Grammar Book’s baker’s dozen of Rules for Apostrophes, so we’ll refer you to their site for the full details and just give you a summary here, with one addition from us:
Our Apostrophe Rule:
0. Do not use an apostrophe to form a plural. This goes for words, symbols, abbreviations, and acronyms. * (This is related to Rules 5. – names, and 11. – CAPS & numbers used as nouns, below, but more encompassing.)
* Here are examples of misuse according to our rule:
Grammar Book’s Apostrophe Rules:
Speaking of rules … we like this … from Trevor Coultart:
Should be its.
Sources: GrammarBook.com, Flickr
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Please see our post: I is not an object …
You have provided several examples to ask your one question. This makes the answer more complex than the one word responses you received on the Web site.
What you ask is, effectively, which should be used as a subject, I or me? “Betty and I (subject) are going out.” is correct here. “Betty and me are going out.” is incorrect. It is not surprising to us that you have heard incorrect usage on TV. We could likely make a living correcting grammatical misuse on TV.
Now, when you move on to your … “Or join Betty and me.” you have changed the question … this is correct because, as we mentioned in our earlier post, “I is not an object …” In this case, me is correctly used as an object.
BTW, we recommend spell checking the title of your post: “… English/grammer”
Thank you for your (unknowing) contribution to our blog.
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Today there is lots of buzz around usage of use vs. utilize. What fodder for us!
The tweets (from Twitter) that got us started …
Then, the topic quickly turned to split infinitives … (upon which we shall dutifully follow-up and utilize in a future post). he he
Although the word utilize has origins as far back as the early 1800s, it seems that the computer age has put this term front and center. And, regardless of its standing as an official word in most dictionaries, it gets some people riled. Consider this usage note from dictionary.com:
Usage Note: A number of critics have remarked that utilize is an unnecessary substitute for use. It is true that many occurrences of utilize could be replaced by use with no loss to anything but pretentiousness, for example, in sentences such as ‘They utilized questionable methods in their analysis’ or ‘We hope that many commuters will continue to utilize mass transit after the bridge has reopened.’ But utilize can mean ‘to find a profitable or practical use for.’ Thus the sentence ‘The teachers were unable to use the new computers’ might mean only that the teachers were unable to operate the computers, whereas ‘The teachers were unable to utilize the new computers’ suggests that the teachers could not find ways to employ the computers in instruction.
Here’s a simple and functional distinction:
Use is the general word: (What is used often has depreciated or been diminished, sometimes completely consumed: a used automobile; All the butter has been used.) As applied to persons, use implies some selfish or sinister purpose: to use another to advance oneself. Utilize implies practical or profitable use: to utilize the means at hand, a modern system of lighting.
Plus, the dictionary definitions:
use. verb (used with object).
use. verb. (used without object).
use. verb phrase.
And then there’s …
utilize. verb (used with object). Also, especially British, utilise.
So, our usage recommendation: use use when not useful to utilize :-).
That’s why we’re here …