Anonymous:Hello I'm struggling with the use of apostrophes and the ending s versus ies.
The bodies ability to repair and regenerate
Would this be bodies, bodys, body's, bodies' or bodys'?
I don't understand. I know when to use them is there is a missing letter, i.e do not=don't etc...but can't grasp the above.
A doctor's office
Two doctors' offices.
There is one body, and that body's ability to regenerate...
There are two bodies, and those bodies' ability to regenerate...
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In this case, the body’s ability, is ability a possession? If not should it not be bodys?
Also, how do we know whether it is singular or plural?
The body, i.e. the human body? Is this classed as one or multiple?
There is one body, and that body's ability to regenerate...The body in your sentence is a single, generalized human body.
Is the body's ability a possession?
The body's heart is a possession
The body's cells are a possession
But is the body's ability a possession?
Anonymous:If the body is singular, then it should be body's.
If the body is plural, then it should be bodys'.
AnonymousNo, Anon. Please see Mr. Micawber's post, which he repeated above.
One body. Two bodies. There is no word "bodys" to mean plural body.
Anonymous:I would like to indivate that the ' mark does indicate concatenation, [similar to "missing letters",] in its derived meaning and an archaic form. Thats why in "proper" english there is no such thing as dougs' ball, rather dougs's ball is more correct, though due to the idiosyncrasies of pronunciation "doug-sez" or "doug-ses" has fallen out of popularity, thus dougs' is ok to use now. The same goes for a multitude of other "punctuation" marks. Time should be expressed with a colon — 11:25 a.m., no full stops, time is not decimal, it is sexigesimal; no colons here (If you use "11.25" a.m. then the time is rather 11:15 a.m..). No "USA", U.S.A.. No "Wed" or "Thu", Wed. and Thu.. No "Mrs." and "Mr.", M'r's would be the correct way, but who does that? Mrs [short for mistress] and Mr are the preferred usages.
There are a-lot of lax ways in which language has adapted, and while common usage may no longer favour some kinds of spelling it is good to have an astute awareness of the reasons why language has adapted and when you cannot change the spelling; such is the case for time, discussed previously.
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