Latin Endings: Get ’em Right

I once taught at a small technical college in New York City. When teaching at a technical college, much to many adjuncts’ chagrin, you have to write all your own material, from the grading rubrics to the final exams. This also means a lot of administrative work, including copying, printing, paper-clipping, and the like.

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Style Quiz: Possessives

Just so we’re clear, I’m not talking about fashion. Correct apostrophe use with possessives is something even the best grammarians need a reminder of from time to time. Let’s start with the basics:

The boy’s ball rolled into the water.

There is one boy and the ball that belongs to him rolled into a stagnant, murky creek.

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