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February 01, 2014


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Heidi Cole

This was a god one! Thanks Lynn!

Heidi Cole

Oh Lord, clumsy fingers on an iPad--I meant good one!

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Heidi. When I saw your first comment flash on my screen, I knew what you meant. I was going to log in to fix it for you, when you did it yourself!

Glad you liked it, Heidi.



Good God ! (lol)

Lisa Marie

Forgive me, Lynn, but I'm still not sure I understand why there is no apostrophe after "Seahawks" and "Broncos" when describing their quarterbacks, but there is an apostrophe after the "s" in "Broncos" when describing their offense. Can you possibly elaborate a bit more on the difference there?

And also- way to go, Seahawks! :-)

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Bob. I believe your comment is about the game rather than the punctuation. I agree!


Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Lisa Marie. Thanks for the question and the congratulations.

The word "the" makes the difference:

Seahawks quarterback (adjective)
the Seahawks' quarterback (possessive adjective)

--team spirit (adjective)
--the team's spirit (possessive adjective)

--boys shoes (adjective)
--the boys' (or boy's) shoes (possessive)

Does it make sense now?


Lisa Marie

Thanks for the explanation, Lynn! I never would have made the connection that the word "the" makes the difference, but once you explain it that way, it does make sense.

Lisa Smith

The first sentance tripped me up as well. Your explanation really helps. That's an appostrophe error I can now corrext in my writing.

Thanks Much and Congrats Seahawks.

Lisa Smith

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Lisa Marie and Lisa Smith, I am glad the explanation makes sense.

Thanks for responding.



If Seahawks quarterback is used as an adjective in the first sentence, wouldn't you insert a comma between two adjectives (young and Seahawks quarterback)?

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Hi, Joe. Good question. We do not use that comma when we would not insert "and" between the two words. Because we would not write "young and Seahawks quarterback," we don't use the comma.

Here are two similar examples:

--He drives an old, gas-guzzling Ford truck.

--This new, updated Dell computer is on sale.

I hope my response has answered your question.


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