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Apostrophes – are they still relevant these days?

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  • RedRokTim
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    29 August, 2009 at 16:56
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    I’ve got a thing for the correct use of apostrophes. So often you see them being misused but are they now becoming outdated? Certainly, there seems to be a whole new generation who don’t seem to know how to use them.

    What are your thoughts?

    ICAL_Pete
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    30 August, 2009 at 9:50
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    Reply To: Apostrophes – are they still relevant these days?

    Very, very relevant. Bad use of apostrophe’s annoy me something rotten.

    Seriously though, apostrophe mistakes are as prevalent now as they have ever been and there are myriads of examples all over the place from hastily scribbled signs outside pubs to government reports. And not just apostrophes of course.

    I put it down to a simple lack of education. When I was at school they decided that it was not necessary to teach grammar per se. Instead we had to "express ourselves" through language. Content was more important than form.

    As a consequence when I went to university I discovered that I barely knew what a noun was let alone a subjunctive. So… I had to teach myself these things to catch up with the rest of the students who had been taught the essentials of grammar.

    I guess it’s the same now. Children aren’t being taught grammar.


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