An apostrophe tutorial

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An apostrophe tutorial
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Thu, 06-10-2010 - 9:02pm

Ashley, the Grammar Hag, would like to remind you of the rules for using an apostrophe properly. Failure to follow these rules will result in the removal of the apostrophe key

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 1:44pm

My 7 yo DS asked me just last night after he said something, "Should that have been Daddy and I or Daddy and me?" and I thought, I can't believe that even occurred to you, but I'm certainly glad it did.

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Thu, 06-17-2010 - 11:11am

My advice to people

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Tue, 06-15-2010 - 2:22am
Probably sound advice.

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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 2:54pm
I still tell my students to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition in writing samples because their reviewer might be somebody old-school who still believes in this rule.
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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 11:45am
LOL, but you did prove the point.

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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 11:42am

Well, that stinks.

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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 10:23am
Nope, because you added an 'of'. You did that to make 'my head' a genitive, since you made the verb into a gerund, thus necessitating putting the logical subject of the verb in the genitive. 'Off' does not form a prepositional phrase with 'my head' in your sentence either. In fact, you too make it an adverbial part of the verb phrase - 'the biting off'.

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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 10:14am

I don't dare risk the biting off of my head!


But that would be awesome if someone of authority, perhaps Ashley the Grammar Queen, declared we need not worry about ending a sentence with a preposition.

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Mon, 06-14-2010 - 2:26am
Yes, I suspect that is the origin of it.

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Sun, 06-13-2010 - 9:01pm
To answer your earlier question, I think the old prepositions rule must have been a silly rule made up by those with a working knowledge of renaisssance Latin and then pompously and erroneouly applied to English.

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