WRITING: USING PLURALS & POSSESSIVES

WRITING:  USING PLURALS & POSSESSIVES Writing can involve making words plural and possessive. It really is not as hard as you may think. The key = “think.” Please pause to recall the simple rules that you learned in grade school and consult a dictionary or grammar book for how to handle situations that are truly difficult.   A word is made plural ordinarily by adding to its end an “s” (store → stores) or “es” (thorax → thoraxes). If a word already ends in an “s” you’ll probably have to make it plural by adding “es”: masses, summons. More on this in an upcoming post.   A word or a proper noun/name is made possessive (possessing something) ordinarily by adding to its end either an apostrophe and “s” (or just an apostrophe, in certain situations). Right now, we’ll just look at simple usage. When thinking about possession, think with “of” and “belonging to” in the equation. Alan’s book = the book of Alan, the book belonging to Alan. Example:   The store’s sign [the sign belonging to the store) says the sale will end on Friday.   If you cannot reason through a sentence in this way, then you’ll know that its subject is not possessive and that you should NOT add an apostrophe.   Related, when a word has an “s” on its end, don’t throw an apostrophe in front of or behind the “s” for the heck of it. Here’s an example:   Incorrect:  The purse is her’s.  The car is his’. Correction: The purse is hers.  The car is his.   I’ve also seen various incorrect versions for plural possessives, which we’ll address later. Incorrect or haphazard use of apostrophes tends to push grammarians/editors like me toward high blood pressure or insanity. So, please think before you use them.   Many more tips for grammar, punctuation, spelling, capitalization, hyphenation, and proofreading, and more info about writing, books, and such will reach your inbox as time goes on. As I always say, Accuracy = Credibility! On the other hand, if someone you know needs a full-scale reminder or to start from scratch, Writestyle’s online courses for only $99 each could be the perfect remedy. We’re here to help! And, if you like “Dancing with the Stars,” you might want to read my blog on that, too.   Stay tuned!...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24 WHO WON OR DIDN’T WIN SEASON 24:  WHY? Some fans are puzzled, even outraged, that Simone Biles was eliminated just before the finals and that Normani Kordei didn’t win Dancing With the Stars . Most things are simply beyond the control of the celebs and the fans. I’ve read that the average fan who is key to votes is middle-aged, female, and at least somewhat conservative, and that voter is partial to military personnel, Olympians, country singers/stars, and football players (probably thanks in part to their husbands’ preferences).  If you’re a member of that key demographic, you know what we’re talking about. Simone Biles: The girl is clearly adorable; pro partner Sasha Farber is, too. All season long I said this and that Normani was a better dancer right out of the gate while repeating that I don’t like the advantage that gymnasts have on this show. She was too technically excellent, almost as though she were doing an impersonal gymnastic floor show; she didn’t reveal much of herself, allow herself to be vulnerable, or connect sufficiently with enough viewers (including me), all while still being too gymnastic. She did improve on those last few points during the last few weeks, though. She remained gracious and tactful when responding to judge Carrie Ann Inaba’s negative comments; for this, she deserves even more credit. Normani Kordei: She didn’t seem to have the level of fan base and appeal that David and Rashad had/have. Her scores were pretty consistent all season long, and she was never really in jeopardy of being voted out because the judges kept fawning over her (and pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy); so, fans may have forgotten or not felt the need to rally for her. On the other hand, David and Rashad truly were in jeopardy at some point (surprising to me regarding Rashad), so their fans evidently pulled out all the stops to keep them in the running. Also, the producers didn’t allow viewers to get to know Normani and Simone as well as they connected us with David and Rashad; this, too, may have been a factor. At the same time, we had an unusual number of talented female dancers this season; female viewers, especially, may have tired of them and preferred to look at the guys. Although Normani will go down in DWTS history as having been one of the top celeb dancers of all seasons, we’ve learned, especially where David Ross is concerned, that the best dancer doesn’t always...

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