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What is the most maddening writing error? Misused Apostrophes!!!! (Hand break annoys me too.)

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It seems like there is a whole new wave of (young?) people who believe that you NEED an apostrophe and an ‘s’ to make a word plural. You don't!

It's "rallies" not "rally's"

Generally, an apostrophe is used to indicate possession – not plural – and to mark missing letters in contractions (for example: you are = you’re). 

And look at this abomination: 

And, by the way, as a date contraction, it's '90s not 90's.

When in doubt, LEAVE IT OUT.

Don't they teach the rules of grammar in schools any more? 




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BadD0g said:
Putting periods inside parentheses is pretty annoying too.  ;)
Hmmm. Depends on which "style" guide you follow. I was taught to put a period inside the parentheses if it ends the sentence.

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You should also consider that there are also lots of people on the forum for who English is not their native language. For example in Dutch it is actually written as rally's,  people could be confused because it is written in a different way in their language.

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Don't drink and post.

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