One’s apostrophes should always be placed correctly

The fact that one takes an apostrophe, when his/hers/its doesn’t, has intrigued me for some time. Now I know and the reason is this

The reason for this anomaly is that in addition to being a personal pronoun, one also doubles as an indefinite pronoun, which does use an apostrophe in its possessive form. [copied from Wikipedia]

That’s the farthest I’m going to go on the inner workings of English grammar. It just feels good to know — I won’t have to stop and hesitate anymore about that particular construction. It didn’t take me many seconds to google it up and I should have done it long time ago.

What really has me baffled, is how mean and rude people can become when they’re behind the anonymity of a computer screen! The other day, I did a similar search [spelling realize vs. realise]. The first result took me to some kind of grammar forum.  There was an explanation of why you sometimes see ‘realise’. It answered my question, at least: “why does ‘realise’ get the red underscore by the spell-check in Google Chrome browser?” I have it set to UK English.

Underneath this explanation, the comments ensued. I started to read, and I got mesmerized! The discussion about this little letter — z versus s — got more and more heated! At times it was worse than what you see in YouTube! They were irate and used all kinds of ugly words … «You moron!!!», was just a milder one. We human beings are all unique and react in different ways on a given situation. I’m glad I don’t have to waste all that energy on getting angry at other people because of their opinion on some grammatical issue. There must be something that makes them tick … and I can only speculate on the underlying, psychological issues. Besides, no matter how hard you try, it’s not likely that you’ll swing them in their first opinion, especially not by calling them morons 🙂

36 Replies to “One’s apostrophes should always be placed correctly”

  1. Interesting about the apostrophe Rebekah, sometimes I get confused!
    There are a lot of spelling differences between US English and UK English, and as I was brought up in the UK, that’s the spell check I use. My friends know that hopefully accept the differences – as I do with those from the US. Anyway, we know what each other means, despite the difference in spelling,so there doesn’t need to be a problem – I don’t understand why some people would get so uptight about it, as in that Grammar Forum you went into.

  2. Okay, so y’know how I remember the difference between which one takes an apostrophe? Because “it’s” the short form for “it is”, the apostrophe goes in to show where the letter “i” came out – in the same way as for “can’t” or “won’t”… Whereas the other its(belonging to/showing possession) has no missing letter and no apostrophe; )
    But, now you have me confused… Isn’t “realise” the British form and “realize” the American; the same as our “z”=zed and theirs =zee?
    Anyway, an absolute opinion of ANY form usually leads to trouble, right?

    1. Yes right, and now I have it clear, so I won’t have to stop and think every time.
      The ‘realize issue’ wasn’t as clear. It seemed that particular word was an exception … somehow they went back to old Greek. The Oxford Dictionary isn’t free online … not the full version … but it seems both are accepted. IN the U.K. they seem to use realise more often than here. My spell-check, which, as I said, is set to U.K. English, still won’t accept it. That’s what had me confused in the first place. I thought like you; that it was the BE spelling.

  3. My goodness… if people get so uptight over two little letters, no wonder there are so many wars in the world!!! geeez…

    I think as long as we all understand each other, who cares about the spelling!? 🙂

    1. I thought about that too … the wars!

      About the spelling; If you read an article in Swedish, and you see that the writer can’t spell for beans … how do you feel about it? Admittedly, I do have a bit of a hang-up about these things … 😀

      1. Haha I guess I would notice it and I honestly would have just let it go after that!

        It’s ok!! We all have hang-ups about something I think! At the moment I can’t come up with what I have hang-ups with but I know I have it LOL

  4. I’d never thought about one taking an apostrophe in the possessive, but now that you point it out, it is a bit odd. Gotta love American English – so many anomalies!
    I’m personally a big fan of mixing it up – realize or realise, color or colour, gray or grey – there’s a freedom in being able to choose (or not exactly be wrong if I forget which is proper where). But I have friends who are huge grammar nerds some of which, unfortunately, sound like those commenters, I’ve never understood what the deal is if no one is blatantly wrong, or why it’s so difficult to gently correct someone. People…

    1. Yeah, you said it so well in one word: ‘People…’ 🙂
      When I grew up in Sweden, we were taught only British English. Then I started to work at an American company, and then I adapted their spelling [and pronunciation], because I wanted to talk like them. Now, that I live here, in Canada, I just decided to go back to the BE spelling. In the beginning, I mixed it all up, but at some point I made up my mind … plough instead of plow and so on 🙂

  5. I work in a law firm and write a lot of letters. We have to be meticulous about punctuation or it reflects poorly on the company. I try to stay consistent in everyday life. So I hold myself to a strict standard, but I don’t hold it against bloggers if they aren’t perfect. But in a novel or a professional document, it’s very important

        1. Everything you’ve just mentioned is standard practice in Canadian English as well, Andrew. After all, we were an English Colony and are STILL a member of The Commonwealth…

  6. It should be an S in the States too. American English has mangled the language. Our schools need to stop teaching this incorrect English to our youth. British people speak the language as it was intended.

    1. The languages evolve … all the time. Imagine a person from France, listening to a person from Quebec, speaking French! 🙂
      Even though I don’t know French at all, I can hear the difference between the two.

      1. LOL, you can hear a distinct difference between the French spoken in the Ottawa/Hull area as opposed to that from Old Québec City…

          1. Actually it’s the “sound” that is different (I only have a few years of high school French and am FAR from fluent) but, to my ear at least, the French spoken in the Québec City area sounds much more like what we were taught at school – which was the Parisian, not “Canadian” pronunciation.
            But you’re right, to a fluent speaker, familiar with the dialect and accents from various French-speaking areas of Canada, the differences would be obvious.

            1. I can only say a few words … like ‘déneigement’ for example 🙂 It’s probably very interesting, for a person from France, to listen to the French spoken in Quebec. Archaic words, ‘n stuff.

              1. Although I’ve heard similar comments (about some Québécois French) to those Andrew made about American vs British English…
                On the other hand, they say that the Gaelic spoken in Nova Scotia has remained as pure as that spoken by the Scots who brought it here.

  7. People are just crazy. Those people who are so mean have too much time on their hands and not enough brain cells. I figure when someone is trolling and mean they have more personal problems then just apostrophes. lol

    It is just like when some people use ou in some words like you do and I don’t. It is regional. And when I am saying it is for it’s I do use an apostrophe.

    1. For many people, this is their way of showing how good they are, how well educated, and to put other people in their place, so to speak. The underlying causes for that, we can only speculate in

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