I love this flash fiction written by Pam Wight. Had to reblog it so you could enjoy it too.
When should you use an apostrophe?
More people overuse apostrophes than underuse them.
Often, I see apostrophes in words that are meant to be plural, but not possessive.
e.g. The photo’s look great.
It should say: The photos look great.
Sometimes people use apostrophes with pronouns.
e.g. her’s, it’s, our’s, their’s, who’s, your’s — these are all WRONG if you’re trying to show ownership. They should be written: hers, its, ours, theirs, whose, yours.
Be aware that apostrophes have two separate uses. One is for showing ownership, as in the cat’s whiskers. The other is to show that one or more letters have been taken out (contractions).
Some of the words can be confusing.
e.g. Let’s means let us, but if you meant to say that someone allows you do do something, it should be, “She lets me go to the movies.”
Who’s means who is, but if you meant to ask who owns something, you would say, “Whose dog it that?”
And the most troublesome of all … it’s or its.
It’s means it is, but if you are attaching ownership, you would say, “The dog should pay attention to its master.”
There was a time when the general rule was to use apostrophes to show possession for people and animals (the dog’s fur, the lady’s hat), but to use “of” for inanimate things (the hood of the jacket, the eye of the needle), but this is now being disregarded in many cases. It seems to me that it’s perfectly acceptable to refer to “the car’s windshield” or “book’s cover.”
One of the most common errors I see is the use of an apostrophe with decades.
e.g. The Beetles were popular in the 1960s. There should be NO apostrophe.
But if you shorten the decades to refer to the ’60s. This apostrophe is correct because it shows that something has been left out — in this case, the 19. Be sure that the apostrophe is turned to face the same direction as a comma (not as at the beginning of a quotation).
Placement: The apostrophe comes after the word that has the ownership. If it is a singular noun, then you would put the apostrophe after that noun. If it is a plural noun, then put the apostrophe after the end of that word.
e.g. This is the dog’s collar.
These are the dogs’ collars.
The use of apostrophes is more complex than one page can do justice to, but consider this a beginner’s list of basic helpful hints.
Lori Virelli says she’s just an ordinary woman, but don’t you believe it. In her writing she makes everyday life extraordinary, filled with dramas of people’s lives in fiction and nonfiction. You will relate to her characters and find inspiration in the outcomes of the stories.
Lori has been blogging for five years and we have “followed” each other for four and a half of those five years. Bloggers come and go, dropping in and out, but Lori and I continue to be buddies.
I’m honoured to host Lori Virelli here today. I’m grateful that fate brought us to each other’s blogs.
Now that she has published her first novel, I feel that I have something to crow about: Lori’s novel Whit’s End.
Lori says she has enjoyed my blog posts and my novels, but today I hope you will click on her amazon links and enjoy her novels. I did that some time ago and have not regretted it. When you read Whit’s End, you’ll find yourself thinking, “Oh, that character sounds just like ‘so-and-so,’” someone you may know in your own life.
Lori finds human behavior fascinating. She says:
“Two people can react differently to the same experience. Two people who grow up in the same household may come away with quite different perceptions of what they have experienced. Perhaps our genes are programmed to respond in our own unique ways, and that’s part of what makes us individuals. This is why I like writing from two perspectives, to show how each person responds to, and handles similar situations in different ways.”
In Whit’s End, Meg and Ava Whitaker are married to the dysfunctional Whitaker brothers and each handles their marital problems in a different way. Their efforts to cope in their marriages only seem to make matters worse, until, just when the women are at their “Whit’s End,” other men come into the picture. How will each of the women react to the temptation of another man? Where will their actions lead them? Will they “jump ship”? Will that solve their problems? Read Whit’s End to find out.
Lori is the author of short stories published in the magazine Angels on Earth – Dogs and the Women Who Love Them, and in her anthology, Home Avenue, about growing up in 70s in the suburbs of Chicago.
And psst! If you want a treat, click the link to her book, Whit’s End.
For a peek into Lori’s view of life in Chicago in the 70s, click on her link to Home Avenue.
Home Avenue – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LPJ9YDI
Whit’s End – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N77QY32
Lori’s Lane – http://loreezlane.wordpress.com
Lori is currently working on her second novel. Please leave a comment and say hi.