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Updated on March 2, 2012


Wow. We were just debating last night in an adult literacy class about the usefulness of the apostrophe in our everyday language. Most of the class wanted to discard the apostrophe especially when it appears after the s in the plural possessive form, e.g. the cats' pajamas. I let them debate for a few moments and was delighted when one of the practice exercises proved my point for me. The example was a sentence that said "Texas common law states that your actions are illegal." The omission of the apostrophe after the s in Texas really had them spinning about the word states. Without that apostrophe they thought that the sentence was about Texas common law states (noun) rather than Texas' common law states ( verb) My final statement was that writing must be easily translatable. In effect, I said we should write with such clarity that we could leave our writing on a publisher's desk here, fly to Botswana for a week long retreat, shut off cell phone, computer and fax and still be perfectly understood. I love the whole business of punctuation. It helps to clarify and it does for writing what gestures, tones and dramatic pauses do for speaking. Capitalizing gives great importance to letters that would otherwise be considered run of the mill. Regarding your team name, the standard is to capitalize every word in the name. Hope the War Eagles Soccer Team dots every 'I' and crosses every 't' this season,


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      floridasunset 9 years ago

      Thank you for your help.