Is This Sentence Right or Wrong?

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  1. David 470 profile image83
    David 470posted 4 years ago

    "My toes' tingling."

    1. Jayne Lancer profile image95
      Jayne Lancerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      If it's the tingling of more than one toe, then it's 'my toes' tingling'.

      If it's the tingling of one toe, then it's 'my toe's tingling'

      If you want to say that one toe is tingling, it's 'my toe's tingling'.

      If it's more than one toe that's tingling and you want to contract, you could say 'my toes're tingling' (I'd only use that in direct speech, if at all), as Relache has said, but I think 'toes are tingling' reads better, as Lobobrandon has said.

    2. Christy Kirwan profile imageSTAFF
      Christy Kirwanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      If you are referring to the tingling of all your toes (plural possessive), then the apostrophe is correctly placed (but awkward), but the whole statement is a sentence fragment.

      1. Jayne Lancer profile image95
        Jayne Lancerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        +1

  2. galleryofgrace profile image80
    galleryofgraceposted 4 years ago

    My first reaction was to say it is "slang" for my toe"is". My second reaction is that in order for it to be plural it would have to have an "are".
    Now I just don't know, it might depend on who I was talking to,.

  3. relache profile image86
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    If you mean to say one toe is tingling, it would be "My toe's tingling." 

    If you mean multiple toes, the correct phrase is "My toes're tingling."

    1. David 470 profile image83
      David 470posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Just as I thought.

  4. Sue Adams profile image96
    Sue Adamsposted 4 years ago

    Yes, it is wrong. Read Relache's reply.

  5. Ashish Deshpande profile image59
    Ashish Deshpandeposted 4 years ago

    my reaction is - avada kedavra! tongue

  6. Nesbyte profile image86
    Nesbyteposted 4 years ago

    If you mean one toe is tingling, and you're talking about that, it's fine. E.g. "My toes' tingling seemed to be getting worse."

    1. chasmac profile image94
      chasmacposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      If it's referring to just one toe, the apostrophe would have to come before the S for it to be correct in that context. "My toe's constant tingling is driving me crazy".

  7. lobobrandon profile image89
    lobobrandonposted 4 years ago

    As Relache said:

    If it's one toe, you're basically saying: my toe is tingling (My toe's tingling).

    I'm not sure if you can write toes're (I'd rather keep it as toes are).

  8. The Examiner-1 profile image72
    The Examiner-1posted 4 years ago

    It does not matter how many toes that you are talking about, you cannot pluralize toes that way. For one toe you would say, "My toe is tingling." For 2+ then you would say, "My toes are tingling."

  9. nurse240 profile image59
    nurse240posted 4 years ago

    Listen to The Examiner...Right on.

  10. relache profile image86
    relacheposted 4 years ago

    David, clearly not everyone answering in this thread is familiar with writing dialog and/or informal speech, so obviously you will want to consider the formality or informality of what you are writing when you pick the best phrasing for your sentence.

    1. David 470 profile image83
      David 470posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      It was a question on a test. I said it was incorrect so I guess I am right.

  11. Shyron E Shenko profile image82
    Shyron E Shenkoposted 4 years ago

    The sentence is wrong whether it is one toe or all toes.
    If it is one toe, the sentence would be: My toe is tingling or My toe tingles.
    If it is more than one toe, the sentence would be: My toes are tingling.

    1. Jayne Lancer profile image95
      Jayne Lancerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      You mean the tingling cannot belong to anything? That's interesting. You know, tingling is also a noun.

 
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