To “apostrophe” or not to “apostrophe”
Which do you choose? Check out my answers to see if you’re right.
- Do you belong to the Book Readers/Reader’s/Readers’ Club?
- I buy all my veggies at the Farmer’s/Farmers’/Farmers Market.
- Have you read your Drivers’/Drivers/Driver’s Manual lately?
- Writers belong to the Writers/Writers’/Writer’s Society.
- Order spring bulbs from the Flower Grower’s/Growers’/Growers.
- Are you attending a New Years/New Years’/New Year’s party?
Val’s Answers to Grammar Quiz #85
1. No apostrophe indicates an adjective, as in The Farmers (adj.) Market (noun).)
2. Apostrophe-s indicates singular possession: The Driver’s Manual is aimed at the individual driver.
3. S-apostrophe indicates plural possession: The Book Readers’ Club is for all readers.
4. About New Years. You have to decide. I tend to believe that no apostrophe is intended; the holiday is New Years Day. You may disagree if you like! And don’t confuse this conundrum with something like: What are our new year’s plans? (indicating the entire year, not just the holiday). Maddening, isn’t it?