Re: Grammar Question

Subject: Re: Grammar Question
From: Stephanie Holland <SLHOLLAND -at- MICRON -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 1997 09:08:16 -0600

Maybe it's a regional thing. I have to be true to my school, though. (Go
Ducks!) I graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism
and at the time I went it was one of the top 20 journalism schools in
the United States. Styles seem to vary, though, from place to place,
which is great because it makes life interesting! One thing we all
probably agree on is that everyone's goal should be to adopt one style
and be consistent.

Stephanie

>----------
>From: Michael A. Lewis[SMTP:lewism -at- brandle -dot- com -dot- au]
>Sent: Thursday, October 09, 1997 11:26 PM
>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>Subject: Re: Grammar Question
>
>Stephanie Holland wrote:
>>
>> I have a journalism degree so I often favor journalistic style. Here it
>> is:
>>
>> If a singular common noun ends in s, add 's -- unless the next word
>> begins with s. If the next word begins with s, add an apostrophe only.
>>
>> For example,
>>
>> the boss's paper
>> the boss' shampoo
>>
>> I would like the class's opinion.
>> I would like the class' silence.
>>
>> If a singular proper noun ends in s, add an apostrophe only.
>>
>> For example,
>>
>> Chris' car
>> Russ' books were stolen.
>>
>
>I teach professional writing (including, at first year, journalism
>students) -- and I would mark each of these apostrophe-only examples as
>wrong! Still, Buck Buchanan's solution is perhaps the most effective
>and
>painless.
>--
>Michael Lewis
>Brandle Pty Limited
>PO Box 1249
>Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012
>Australia
>
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