I’ve been on-line a long time: IRC, ICQ, MSN, LiveVideo, Myspace, Nexopia, fan sites, bulletin boards. A universal issue: apostrophe misuse! Comprehension is troubled enough to offer to help. English’s worst problem is almost NOBODY correctly employs the word “there’s“! Conjugation of this abbreviation is so terrible, it’s rarely right even among talk show hosts or news broadcasters, for whom language is livelihood and professional tool. It isn’t hard! :) I can give the basics briefly and clearly.
THE APOSTROPHE DENOTES POSSESSION. That is it.
My cat’s leash.
Her horse’s favourite food.
His brother’s car.
Your friend’s blog.
Our garden’s bounty.
IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A WORD PLURAL, JUST ADD AN S! Easy, right?
Hello, my friends.
They are my giraffes.
I love these books.
My gardens thrive.
Hummingbirds enjoy our yard.
“THERE’S” ABBREVIATES THE VERB “THERE IS”. IT IS SINGULAR!
There’s a hole in the bucket dear Liza.
There’s an envelope on the table for you.
There is fruit, if you would like any.
There is enough money in my wallet.
There’s a cat on the couch.
IF A SUBJECT IS PLURAL, PLEASE USE THE PLURAL VERB “THERE ARE”.
There are leftovers in the fridge.
There are a lot of great websites.
Oh, there are our friends at the door.
There are plenty of vegetables in our gardens.
There are multiple cats on the couch.