Grandma\’s Tales

October 8, 2006

Grammar 5 A Quiz

Filed under: Uncategorized — Rajesh @ 12:15 am

I caught another wall sign that went “Packer’s and Movers”. Is a fellow called Packer running a business with Movers? If not, the apostrophe has no place in this signboard.

Now take the quiz. Is the apostrophe in the right place? If not, where should it be? Should it be there at all?

[1] Parking for two-wheeler’s only
[2] Please put back the tray’s
[3] New members entrance
[4] Teachers Day
[5] Readers Digest
[6] Seaside Cottage’s
[7] It need’nt be long
[8] Ladie’s hairdresser
[9] Childrens’ education
[10] Dear Mr. Steven’s
[11] This makes the customer’s live’s easier
[12] This belongs to a person who’s name begins with a “B”

I found all these in print. I did not make them up.

Write your answers in the space for comments.

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9 Comments »

  1. [1] Two Wheelers
    [2] Trays
    [3] New Members’ Entrance
    [4] Teachers’ Day
    [5] No Change
    [6] Seaside Cottages
    [7] needn’t
    [8] Ladies’ Hairdresser
    [9] Children’s
    [10] Mr.Stevens
    [11] Customers’ Lives
    [12] No Change

    Comment by Seshasayee Gopi — October 9, 2006 @ 5:58 pm | Reply

  2. Parking for Two Wheelers only
    Please put back the trays
    New Member’s Entrance
    Teacher’s Day
    Reader’s Digest
    Seaside Cottages
    It neednt be long
    Ladies’ Hairdresser
    Children’s Education
    Dear Mr Stevens
    This makes the customer’s lives easier
    This belongs to a person whose name begins with a B

    Comment by Srinivasan — October 9, 2006 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

  3. 1. Parking for two-wheelers only.
    2. Please put back the trays.
    3. New memebers’ entrance.
    4. Teachers’ day.
    5. Readers’ Digest.
    6. Seaside cottages.
    7. It needn’t be long.
    8. Ladies’ hairdresser.
    9. Children’s education
    10. Dear Mr.Stevens
    11. This makes the customers’ lives easier.
    12. This belongs to a person whose name begins with a “B”.

    Comment by Bhargavi Ravi — October 9, 2006 @ 8:44 pm | Reply

  4. 1. Parking for two-wheelers only.
    2. Please put back the trays.
    3. New memebers’ entrance.
    4. Teachers’ day.
    5. Readers’ Digest.
    6. Seaside cottages.
    7. It needn’t be long.
    8. Ladies’ hairdresser.
    9. Children’s education
    10. Dear Mr.Stevens
    11. This makes the customers’ lives easier.
    12. This belongs to a person whose name begins with a “B”

    Comment by nanditha — October 9, 2006 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

  5. Hi Seshasayee,
    I agree with 5 (a whole lot of readers digest)but the verb is transitive and you need to say what it is that they digest. Readers digest what? Your clue here was the capital “D” in Digest. So it is Reader’s Digest as in the magazine.

    12 of course needs a change. “Who’s” with the apostrophe will only expand to “who is” or “who has” and this is generally not accepted because it is difficult to pronounce.Eg. Who has (difficult to pronounce in the abbreviated form)the authority to question me? Who’s that knocking at my door? So it is better you don’t use the word “who’s” at all. No “who’s”, ok?
    the word you need here is the possessive “whose”.

    Hi Srinivasan,
    When you say “New Member’s Entrance” you assume there is only one member at a time.What if there are a dozen new members on a day? All of them should be let in, right? Imagine this board at one of the entrances to the central hall of our parliament. And the new members have to be sworn in. So it is “New Members’ Entrance”.
    “It need’nt be long” does need an apostrophe but it is in the wrong place. This word has been made through the omission of “o”(I mentioned this in a previous blog). The apostrophe should be placed where the letter has been omitted. So the correct way to write it is “It needn’t be long”.
    Read “customer’s lives” again. Unless the customer is a cat (in which case he/she is entitled to 9 lives), he is allowed only one life. So the phrase is customers’ lives, meaning the lives of all the customers.
    I am glad you got the last one right.

    Hi Bhargavi,
    Excellent! You got them all right, except Readers’ Digest
    which the magazine puts down as “Reader’s Digest”. But I should give it to you, shouldn’t I? So it’s full marks for you!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — October 9, 2006 @ 9:24 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Nanditha,
    Wow! It’s all correct for you too! Congratulations! Just check out my comment above for “Readers’ Digest”, ok?

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — October 9, 2006 @ 9:46 pm | Reply

  7. 1 wheelers
    2 no change
    3 teacher’s or teacher’s day ( depending on no of cheaters
    4 reader;s digest
    5 no change
    6 needn’t
    7 ladies’
    8 children’s
    9 stevens
    10 lives
    11 whose

    Comment by Varun Chablani — October 9, 2006 @ 11:34 pm | Reply

  8. Parking for Two Wheelers only
    Please put back the trays
    New Member’s Entrance
    Teacher’s Day
    Reader’s Digest
    Seaside Cottages
    It neednt be long
    Ladies’ Hairdresser
    Children’s Education
    Dear Mr Stevens
    This makes the customer’s lives easier
    This belongs to a person whose name begins with a B

    Comment by Ananth — October 10, 2006 @ 5:14 pm | Reply

  9. Hi Ananth,
    Please read my comments above for “New Member’s Entrance”. “New Members’ Entrance” is a better option.
    “It neednt be long” has also been discussed above.
    One customer cannot have “lives” Ananth, unless he is a cat. So it is “customers’ lives”.
    That makes it 9 on 12, good!

    Hi Varun,
    Why would you leave the apostrophe dangling from the “tray”? If you prefer “tray’s”, then you need to answer tray’s what? In “Please put back the trays”, you have more than one tray, the word “trays” is a plural and has no apostrophe.
    Both the options in no:3 are the same. Did you mean teacher’s or teachers’ day? I accept both.
    Readers Digest” definitely needs an apostrophe. Check the comments above to find out why.
    In no:10 “lives” is absolutely on the dot. But it is customers’ before that. Customers’ lives.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — October 10, 2006 @ 6:32 pm | Reply


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