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October 06, 2006

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FRANKLYN STANLEY

Dear
Your site is very useful. I need your immediate help regarding apostrophe for the following word.

EMPLOYEES' OR EMPLOYEES

If your writes as EMPLOYEES UNION apostrophe should be added or we can write without it. ie..

EMPLOYEES UNION
OR
EMPLOYEES' UNION

Lynn

Both are correct.

Lynn

Angela

Hi, great article. What about:
Boss's or boss' to indicate your boss owns something?


Thanks!

Lynn

Angela, it's like this:

My boss's car is in the shop.

The boss's office is down the hall.

Jason Wyman

Would you use an apostrophe in an organization name? For instance

Idaho Citizens Self-Defense League

Thanks for your help.

Jason Wyman

Lynn

Jason, the rule is to use an apostrophe if the League does, and to leave it out if the League doesn't use one.

If you are naming a new organization, an apostrophe suggests the League is of Idaho citizens or belonging to them. If you leave out the apostrophe, you suggest that the League is for Idaho citizens.

I hope that explanation helps.

Lynn

J.N. HALM

YOUR SITE IS AMAZING, KEEP IT UP. I'M A SALES CONSULTANT FROM GHANA AND I WRITE FOR A WELL-KNOWN BUSINESS BI-WEEKLY IN GHANA. RECENTLY I WROTE AN ARTICLE IN WHICH I USE THE CONSTRUCTION "A BUSINESS'S MAIN GOAL". A READER ATTEMPTED TO TAKE ME ON FOR USING A WRONG CONSTRUCTION LIKE THAT, BUT YOUR SITE WAS ONE OF THOSE THAT CAME TO MY AID IN HELPING THE ONE UNDERSTAND. I EVEN GAVE YOUR ADDRESS OUT TO THE PERSON FOR FURTHER REFERENCE.

Lynn

Thanks for letting me know I was helpful, and thank you for passing on the address of the site.

Keep up your good word defending proper punctuation!

fussball

Gute Arbeit hier! Gute Inhalte.

Elena Ward

When referring to an event that has been done for a number of years how would I make the statement "This years event was extremely successful..." Is it years or year's or years', I am stumped.

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Elena. The correct form is as follows:

"This year's event was extremely successful."

Lynn

Penny

Hi Lynn,

Can you help with the below. I need an immediate help if possible.

If we were to describe something should we use an apostrophe..

Boys 8 pack socks
Boys' 8 pack socks
Boy's 8 pack socks

Thanks

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Penny. A safe bet is "Boys 8-pack socks." I would argue that "boys" is not so much a possessive (the boys don't own the socks yet) as a descriptor. The socks are for boys rather than belonging to boys.

People will argue with my suggestion, but I don't think you can really go wrong. However, you must have a hyphen in "8-pack" used as an adjective.

Sorry my response wasn't as quick as you needed. My work schedule doesn't allow me to provide "immediate help."

Lynn

Lexie

Hi, Lynn.

What about Writers'/Writers Conference or Pastors' Wives'/Pastor's Wives Conference.

I think the answer to the question about the Idaho Citizens League may pertain. Leaving out the apostrophe means the conference is for the target audience. So, it would be Writers Conference. (Unless the writers own the conference.)

Regarding the Pastors' Wives Conference, wives would not be possessive because they do not own the conference. The conference is for them.

The word Pastors would be possessive because it does show ownership (Not literal ownership, obviously. Is there another word for that in this context?) However, I then wonder if Pastor would be singular or plural.

Pastor's Wives (one pastor, many wives?)

Pastors' Wives (many pastors, many wives?)

The conference is for wives of pastors. (Not polygamist pastors, btw.)

Thanks for your site and your help.

Louise

Hi. Is it
Owen's toy box
Owens' toy box
or Owens toy box

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Louise.

If the person's name is Owen, the correct possessive form is "Owen's toy box."

Lynn

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