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Grocers' And The Abolition Of The Apostrophe


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#16 1dmf

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 04:35 AM

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If you're just making a sign with ABC Grocers, no apostrophe would be used, IMO.
surely if there is only one ABC grocery store it shouldn't have an 's' on the end?

ABC Grocer , a grocery store where grocers get their groceries.

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 06:53 AM

Correct... that's my point, 1dmf. But ROFL said he wanted to use the word "grocers" so I showed what I would do if using that word.

But as I stated, *I* personally wouldn't use the plural version.


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Posted 02 December 2009 - 07:14 AM

Yup, not sure why England has got fixated by this grocer's signage / apostrophe issue.

The only people that seem unable to correctly use apostrophe grammer are the greengrocers themselves!

Perhaps it's a historical thing, where grocers where basically farmers / market traders selling turnips!

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 12:13 PM

It all depends on what they're trying to say on their sign. Any one of them could be correct.

As far as apostrophes themselves go, they're important because they distinguish things like "were" from "we're." I can't tell you how often I misunderstand people because they don't add that apostrophe. There are plenty of situations where it's not important, but the rule needs to be global.

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Posted 10 December 2009 - 09:32 AM

One grocer runs a grocer's. Two grocers run a grocers'.




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