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SIYE Writing 101: You Say Weasley's, but I Say Weasleys'
|Hi y'all! Welcome to another edition of SIYE Writing 101! After vicious doxy attack and being held hostage by three very fuzzy copies of Crookshanks for the past few months, we will be resuming these grammar and editing columns.|
In today's column, we will discuss a problem that has cropped up in a good many stories on this site: The nasty case of the elusive apostrophe.
Apostrophes, like commas, are to be wielded with the utmost care. The most common mistakes we see in stories is that people will utilize them in the wrong fashion when referring to certain families in the plural sense. For example:
This is correct when you are referring to a specific member of the Weasley family or the Dursley family.
"This is Ginny Weasley's broom, and I'd like for you to give it to her, Potter," Professor McGonagall said.
"That? That's Dudley Dursley's and I want nothing to do with it," Harry muttered.
When referring to the family as a unit, the apostrophe is placed after the "s."
Harry was ecstatic. He wouldn't have to spend another minute with in Dursleys' home for the rest of his life.
Hermione's eyes grew wide as she took in the Weasleys' home for the first time. The Burrow was like nothing she had ever seen before, but she found herself falling in love with it immediately.
Here are some basic rules for utilizing apostrophes with possessives in your stories. Most of these rules cited are copied directly from pages 142-143 of the Prentice Hall Reference Guide to Grammar and Usage and do not belong to me:
1. When you need them for a singular noun, use 's.
2. If a singular noun ends in -s, the s after the apostrophe is optional if the s doesn't make the pronunciation difficult. The Elements of Style recommends that you use 's after singular nouns ending with -s, but either way is acceptable.
3. For plural nouns ending with -s, add just an apostrophe.
4. For plural nouns not ending with -s, use 's
5. For indefinite pronouns (such as pronouns ending with -body and -one, such as no one, someone, and everybody), use 's.
6. For compound words, add 's to the last word.
7. For joint ownership by two or more nouns, add 's after the last noun in the group.
8. For individual ownership when several nouns are used, add 's after each noun.
If you have any questions or topics for future columns, please feel free to submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Next time, join us as we explore specific terms in the Harry Potter Universe. Should it Apparition or apparition? Common Room or common room? Join us and find out!
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