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Thread: Does the Grocers' Apostrophe feel pain?

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    Yeah I wondered if they were similar, except that humour is a noun and well...I suppose 'dog' is a noun too hey...I just figured that being possessive - that's ownership, and you use an apostrophe for ownership, like 'Kazbah's post'. See, because you've used an apostrophe for 'humour's'.
    It's so confusing to me!


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    He's late, she's on time, it's not coming...

    Fred's dog, Mary's ball, its monkey... very confusing! But we understand we are not saying "Mary is ball", we don't necessarily know whether the monkey belongs to it or if it is a monkey if we have a possessive apostrophe in "its". After all, it's dinner and its dinner are two seperate meanings.

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    Even more confusing - what to do about Cousin It from the Addams Family? (Don't drag me out of my TV fantasy world please LMAO.)

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    Okay...so if it's possessive, and 'it' belongs to a noun, like the table, there's no apostrophe. As in, its lamp, its place. But obviously if a Proper noun possesses something, you definitely use an apostrophe, like Mary's lamp. I think I'm clear now.

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    Ummmm no, its is just a special case. EG the lamp's bulb Or ... Did you see the lamp in the corner? Its bulb is blown.

    It's the anomalies in English that make it so interesting!

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    Yeah, that's what I'm saying. Sorry, I didn't put that very well at all.

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