Friday Follies #118 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Hi, FFers! Good to ‘see’ you, and welcome to yet another edition of grubby gaffes. No rest for the Grammar Cop! Today’s batch o’ crimes features the wicked wandering apostrophe!

  1. “In both his action against Breest and her’s against him, Haggis is represented by lawyers at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.”
  2. “Eugenie Bouchard’s woe’s continued as the Canadian, now down to 83 in the world rankings, fell 6-4, 6-3 to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.”
  3. “So have previous battles against the Payette Plan and Bill 14 led by this paper, it’s editor Beryl Wajsman and organizations like CRITIQ.”


The corrections:

  1. What is this “her’s” of which they speak? There is no such word. The possessive form of the pronoun her is hers. It never takes an apostrophe. If you doubt me, here’s some proof right from the dictionary’s mouth – er, page:


    Word not found in the Dictionary and Encyclopedia.

    Did you mean:

  2. “Woe’s.” Apparently her “woe’s” continued. No, they did not! Why is that apostrophe in there? That would make it a possessive, which we don’t want here. It should be a simple plural in this sentence. No apostrophe.
  3. Here we have the dreaded “it’s” error. It’s so common! See what I did there? It’s with an apostrophe is a contraction for it is. That is the only time you put the apostrophe in. If we want to indicate a possessive, we need NO apostrophe. So it should say its editor. All we need to remember is to use the opposite rule to the usual way that shows possession. Usually for a possessive we add an apostrophe-s, as in: the hamburger’s toppings, the menu’s offerings, the cake’s icing… okay, now I’m hungry! Anyway, I hope this didn’t confuuuuuuse you!

Off I go to examine my fridge’s contents. It’s usually full of good stuff. See you next week!


14 thoughts on “Friday Follies #118 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

      1. I will admit that I am hopeless with Grammar! It is the one thing I just couldn’t get my pretty head about. My spelling was good but since I have succumbed to chronic illness’s it seems to have almost gone awol. Back to grammar…hopeless …..

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