English punctuation rule?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by betty swollocks, 11 Apr 2008.

  1. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    A colleague said that you do not use possessive apostrophes when the letters are in upper case.
    Tony's bike.

    I've never heard of this. Is she correct?
  2. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Is your colleague ...(better put that in the plural) ... are your colleague's greengrocer's, by any chance? :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
  3. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    the band formerly known as the b-52's are now the b-52s. only taken them the thick end of 30 years to notice that it was wrong :biggrin:
  4. OP
    betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    Yerrss, thanks for that.
    I thought she was talking bollocks.
    I politely informed her at the time that I considered that she was mistaken.
  5. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Behind a desk
    You mean bollock's, swollock's.
  6. Carwash

    Carwash Señor Member

    Perhaps your friend was confusing the apostrophe with the acute accent in French? As I understand it, accents are optional in all-caps French.
  7. Is she ar'seholes.
  8. Maz

    Maz Legendary Member

    Are your colleague's greengrocer's what?
    You didn't finish the sentence.
  9. Landslide

    Landslide Rare Migrant

    Called to the bar
  10. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    Many, many years ago I worked part-time as a grocerers delivery boy complete with bike with small front wheel and large basket above, three speed Sturmey Archer on the back and a sign hanging from the crossbar :wacko:.
  11. Slightly off track but...
    Here in Basingstoke they have an Ice Hockey team that for about ten years was called the Basinstoke Bisons. Finally they realised the plural of Bison was still Bison so took the s off the end.

    Americans seem to be to blame for taking all the ''' out of names. Especially film titles. Schindler's List got through but they seem to want to tidy up most titles.
  12. cisamcgu

    cisamcgu Guru

    *shakes his head*
    You are all so wrong... if you use capital letters, then, obviously, you have to use the capital "'" .. it is completely different than the lower case "'" :wacko:

  13. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    how many grocerers? one and it's grocerer’s, two or more and it’s grocerers’ :biggrin::wacko:

    (and it is not just grocer?)
  14. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK
    If it's someone selling groceries, couldn't it be a groceryerer? You can say fruiterer for example...:wacko:
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