In the Grip of Grammar
edited: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
By Marcielle Brandler
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Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2008
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Many grammar books teach a simple idea, then give a quiz on a difficult part of the concept they have not taught. Example: They say that possessives are apostrophe s or s apostrophe. Not so simple.
How do you make the plural possessive of Dickens? as in "Let's go to the D ________________ house.
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The correct answer is Let's go to the Dickenses' house. First, you make it plural (so you need to know how to pluralize proper nouns), and then you think about making it possessive. The rules are a bit complicated.
I teach these concepts in two separate sections of a two-hour lesson.
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