Correct Use of Apostrophe’s

Even native English speakers have a hard time using apostrophes correctly. I don’t see why this should be, since the rules are fairly simple, but it is so. In fact, I’ll confidently say I’ve seen more correct use of apostrophes in English by Germans than by most native English speakers. Nevertheless, there’s still some confusion even among detail-oriented Germans.

Fortunately, Bob the Angry Flower has a quick chart explaining when you do and when you don’t use an apostrophe in English:

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4 thoughts on “Correct Use of Apostrophe’s

  1. “I’ve seen more correct use of apostrophes in English by Germans than by most native English speakers.” – You can be sure that vice versa there are more non native German speaker who can set a correct apostrophe than the people who learned the language by growing up in Germany.

    I think in any language natives often have no real idea about the grammar. To bring an example: go out and have a look for the wrong german Genitiv that people regularly build up with an apostrophe as it is correct in English but unfortunetely not in German.

    Uschi’s Frisiersalon, Achim’s Würstchenbude – wrong. Also called “Deppenapostroph”. (For non German speakers: Depp = Fool)

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  2. “Correct Use of Apostrophe’s” – It doesn’t look like you know how to use apostrophes in English either

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  3. “”Correct Use of Apostrophe’s” – It doesn’t look like you know how to use apostrophes in English either”

    If there were a humour quotient analogous to the IQ, Geekleader, I guess, could add up both and still not reach a 3 digit number.

    There are some blogs out there as good as this one (and German Joys is quite good) which seem to get decent responses constantly. Sometimes I wonder whether Andrew asked himself in some weak hour how his blog came to deserve the regulars it has.

    Are there some readers out there aside from the smarty-pants and the Mr. Know-it-alls? Wherever you are, won’t you show up and give this wonderful blog some high-minded comments?

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