Calling all grammar police! There are some profound rules in the English language and after reading the article below I’m guilty of undermining some of the rules. Are you guilty? I’d like to know. But at least now I’m a step wiser and (hopefully) I can write better.
Please take the time to read through HolisticWayfarer’s great work below and see what you could learn!
1) Make sure it’s a possession (Sarah’s bag) or contraction (it’s = it is) you want to express. That apostrophe stands for something.
2) On this one matter of words ending in s, I dare to disagree with the Writers’ Bible The Elements of Styleby Strunk Jr. and White: The authors favor the possessive with the additional ‘s (Charles’s friend) and go on to differentiate the times you tack on the apostrophe by itself (Moses’ staff), but the distinctions are just too much. Stick to the smokers’ room. The book has been out fifty years. Language favors elision over time, likes the path of least resistance. If it can drop something, it will.
3) The pronouns its, yours, hers, theirs take on no apostrophe because they already indicate possession.
its own ethic
song of yours
they took hers
that lodge of theirs
The preposition between takes objects, not subjects.
he and I
between him and
between her and
between him and me
between her and me
The law of elision, i.e. the law of human laziness, will eventually canonize alright. But all right stand as two words.
Also two words.