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  • LynLyn Posts: 21,375
    Glad you're getting on with the gardening Nanny, best way, don't distress yourself with things like correct grammar, as long as you make yourself clear in what you want or need, it really doesn't matter.

    I couldnt care a monkeys toss where an apostrophe goes. I can make myself clear though when I want/ need something.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,732

    Nanny, IMO = in my opinion.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 20,985

    Each to his/her own. Lyn, you are a very talented gardener and Steve was a teacher. Can't be good at everything. I like music but I can't sing or play anything. Thank goodness we all have different talents and personalities.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,469

    Steve  - and with any plural not ending with 's' , the apostrophe goes on the inside as in men's, people's etc

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Yes, B3 - the infallible rule is that the apostrophe immediately follows the owner.

    • The children's toys
    • Mr Jones's house (but of course 'keeping up with the Joneses' which is a plural, although it looks odd)

    Apparently (which means I vaguely remember having read it somewhere, or heard it on QI), one is supposed to omit the final 's' after the apostrophe with Jesus and St James.  Only.

    • St. James' Park (but pronounced 'Saint Jameses')
    • Jesus' miracles (but pronounced ' Jesuses')

    Does that, I wonder (if true) apply only to the original holder of that name, or also to all his namesakes in South America?

    You do the math.  image

    I'm going back out into the garden.image

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  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Who's upset?  Sorry if it's my fault image

    (or were you referring to my use of image in my last post?  I was just expressing anger at another americanism!)

    ...and just in case this thread does soon disappear (which'd be a shame), how would one arrange things if one wanted to refer to the house belonging to the Jones family?  The Joneses's house?  I think not.

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