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Don't use apostrophes to pluralize!!! Studio Monitors
Old 26th May 2006
  #31
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Originally Posted by Psyko/Acoustics
Apostrophes are used to contract things like "it is"(it's) and "we will"(we'll), or to indicate the possessive like "Frank's", "James'", - but not "its"(e.g. "The Manley Slam has its +48v switches attached to the rear of the unit").

They aren't to be used in this manner:

"There are a lot of engineer's on this site!"

* * *

I really doubt anyone else will care about this, but I had to get it off my chest.


The Ex-English Major will now shut up.
Your journey will be like climbing a glass mountain in silk slippers...

Give up.


Seriously, though, I find myself getting worse and worse -- making stupid mistakes I would never have made a couple decades ago.

Why? Because THEN I mostly read publications that were professionally edited and proofread.

NOW I'm reading a huge amount from my fellow lesser beings, whose grasp on grammar and spelling is, if possible, worse than my own... and it's DRAGGING ME DOWN.

I think I don't catch my own errors readily anymore simply because I've seen so many absurd errors, over and over, that they look normal to me now.
Old 26th May 2006
  #32
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Originally Posted by John Peacock
Pronouns: his, hers, its.

None of them use an apostrophe.
and also:

whose is the possesive of who

who's is a contraction of who is
Old 26th May 2006
  #33
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And could people stop using the term irreguardless. It is a double negative, and is not proper.
Old 26th May 2006
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And could people stop using the term irreguardless. It is a double negative, and is not proper.

Not only that, it's not a word.
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When in doubt go here

http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html#errors
Old 26th May 2006
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yeah, this also annoys me.

people will write:

i used a lot of gated verb in the 80's

when they should write:

i used a lot of gate in the 80s.


it's really, really tragic. (Just kidding, but it is incorrect.)
Old 26th May 2006
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i used a lot of gate in the 80s.
I also hate it when people say "gate!" It's "coke," people!!
Old 27th May 2006
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Thi's is a great thread. Iv'e learned alot form i't.
Old 29th May 2006
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I have suppressed my inner-rage long enough.

It's "lose" not "loose".

Carry on.
Old 29th May 2006
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I've created a mini-monster!
Old 29th May 2006
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[QUOTE=Dave Peck]
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Originally Posted by darkwater
What I mean is, you are telling me that if I want to say "My dog licks it's balls.", I would not use the 's, because "it's" ALWAYS means "it is".

Is this right? QUOTE]

Yes. Why do you want to say "My dog licks it's balls"?

DP
You should say "My dog licks his balls.
Old 29th May 2006
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You should say "My dog licks his balls.
Well I hope a bitch wouldn't be licking her balls.. Unless you have one of "those" dogs.

My dog had his removed, so he's kind of an "it". So could I say "my dog licks where it''''s Oyster''''s used to be?" heh heh
Old 29th May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Psyko/Acoustics
Right on...


On another note:

When I was a teenager I tried to use "their" to replace "his/her" because I felt it was sexist to put either word first!

You can bet some red showed up on my essays for that.

On another note:

I wouldn't (would not) say, "My dog licks its balls", but rather, "My dog licks HIS balls". In this case there is no risk of being sexist. Unless, of course, there are transexual dogs out there in the world. The capitalized "his", by the way, was inserted for emphasis due to the inherent lack of spoken language nuance in blah, blah, blah..... Yeah, I hear 'ya bro'. I'm a stikkler, as well.

Dangling prepositions bug me, at least in the few social situations I've been in....
Old 29th May 2006
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Typing on the internet has made my grammar much worse it was when I was in college.
Old 29th May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ArcCirDude
The capitalized "his", by the way, was inserted for emphasis due to the inherent lack of spoken language nuance in blah, blah, blah
No, actually, I worship my Dog.
Old 29th May 2006
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No, actually, I worship my Dog.
I'm sure it's pleased by your adoration. (Insert winking smilie smoking pipe here. Damn java/mac problems....)
Old 29th May 2006
  #46
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of all the true'st thread's i have read. i must say' thi's one make's me the maddest's.


sorry couldn't help myslef.
Old 30th May 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by max cooper
You should say "My dog licks his balls.
Actually, since we're getting technical, all animals are "it." There is no "he" or "she" when it comes to animals, wild or domestic. Gender-specific pronouns are reserved for humans only. Kinda messed up, don't you think?
Old 30th May 2006
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Actually, since we're getting technical, all animals are "it." There is no "he" or "she" when it comes to animals, wild or domestic. Gender-specific pronouns are reserved for humans only. Kinda messed up, don't you think?
"Come boy, sit boy, good boy, good boy."

All this time I've had it wrong? heh

That's it, I've had it... I'm changing his name to "Dog".
Old 28th March 2015
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could poeple stop staying 'taking to the next level', tis annoying
Old 28th March 2015
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Quote:
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On another note:

I wouldn't (would not) say, "My dog licks its balls", but rather, "My dog licks HIS balls". In this case there is no risk of being sexist. Unless, of course, there are transexual dogs out there in the world. The capitalized "his", by the way, was inserted for emphasis due to the inherent lack of spoken language nuance in blah, blah, blah..... Yeah, I hear 'ya bro'. I'm a stikkler, as well.

Dangling prepositions bug me, at least in the few social situations I've been in....
My dog is licking his dangling prepositions right now in a social situation!

The one that gets me is the use of 'then' when they mean 'than' and visa versa. That just gets me so angry I could shout rude words at the internet!
Old 28th March 2015
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This bug's me too--big time!

It happen's everywhere, not just on Gearslutz.

Gearslutz still rule's though!

Now I have to go burn some CD's.

Burn CD's? Thats so 2000's.
Old 28th March 2015
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Burn CD's? Thats so 2000's.
I think he mean's burn as in set fire to.
Old 28th March 2015
  #53
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Isn't this use also a possessive form? It's = Manley's? Is it a no-no for the possessive form of "it"? Is that what you're saying?
It's = It is.

Its = possessive form of it.


But, some may ask, why doesn't it follow the 'normal' rule of adding 's to the end of the noun or pronoun representing that doing the possessing?

The reason is that it follows the form used by other possessive pronouns.

Example: It belongs to him. It's his.

This widget belongs to it. It's its widget. (Pardon the contraction; I was making a point. )


There are times (generally quite rare) when an apostrophe may be chosen to make plural construction more clear -- although those situations are argued over. (Language is a living thing and the arguments will never end as long as the language is in active use. Even the French -- with their academy of the language whose job is to watch over the 'purity' of the language -- have given a lot of ground to the evolution of French.)

For instance, some folks will use an apostrophe in this case: I haven't been able to mix well since I sold my NS10m's.

Many acronyms are all-caps -- and so some authorities have suggested not using the apostrophe in such cases -- but in a situation like the NS10m, simply adding an s would be unclear -- is it just another code letter in the name?

Last edited by theblue1; 28th March 2015 at 05:32 PM..
Old 28th March 2015
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could poeple stop staying 'taking to the next level', tis annoying
Surely you mean: " 'tis annoying"?
(I am a pedant in my spare time).
Old 29th March 2015
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Surely you mean: " 'tis annoying"?
(I am a pedant in my spare time).
Just in your spare time ?

Old 29th March 2015
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Old 29th March 2015
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Defiantly instead of definitely.

I don't care what you say, I'm defiantly going to buy those monitors! Just try to stop me, you cad!

Fun little movie from the UK's Open University (they specialise in distance learning and are highly rated quals-wise).

Old 30th March 2015
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Just in your spare time ?

Yes, it's just a hobby, but I hope one day to take it up as a profession.
Old 30th March 2015
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And, while we're at it, how about 'I could care less', and 'whole nother matter', neither of which are correct?
Old 30th March 2015
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And, while we're at it, how about 'I could care less', and 'whole nother matter', neither of which are correct?
"...neither of which is correct?"

...or did I just get trolled
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