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In church this morning there is a sign posted with the phrase:

From our hearts...to their's

Unnecessary apostrophe?
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Blott wrote:
In church this morning there is a sign posted with the phrase:

From our hearts...to their's

Unnecessary apostrophe?


Yes, unnecessary. "Theirs" is the possessive form of they, w/o apostrophe.
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wifwendell wrote:
Blott wrote:
In church this morning there is a sign posted with the phrase:

From our hearts...to their's

Unnecessary apostrophe?


Yes, unnecessary. "Theirs" is the possessive form of they, w/o apostrophe.

I'm not exactly a grammar expert (which is why I asked) but I tend to look at sentences like that and something just doesn't "feel" right. I walked in and saw that and instantly had a vibe of "there's something wrong in this place this morning." I actually convinced them to paint over it before church started.
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Doesn't this belong in RSP? devil
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There is an important question ask: Is "their" a specific person? Like...could it be to Their Johnson?

If not..then it is unnecessary.

But people name their kids the darndest things these days....you always have to ask.
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Anyway, if you're interested, here's a good on-line resource for Common Errors in English Usage, from a professor at Washington State U.
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The rule is an apostrophe is used to replace missing letters.

So in that sentence it would be replacing the missing I.

So ......Their is?

Nope

That was intended to show ownership.

So ........Theirs.
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wifwendell wrote:
Blott wrote:
In church this morning there is a sign posted with the phrase:

From our hearts...to their's

Unnecessary apostrophe?


Yes, unnecessary. "Theirs" is the possessive form of they, w/o apostrophe.


Well, not unnecessary. It is just wrong.
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demondude777 wrote:
There is an important question ask: Is "their" a specific person? Like...could it be to Their Johnson?

If not..then it is unnecessary.

But people name their kids the darndest things these days....you always have to ask.
 
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Blott wrote:
I walked in and saw that and instantly had a vibe of "there's something wrong in this place this morning."

Their (thay-IR) is an entity mentioned in some translations of Nicholas Schmerzung's Leere Chronik who can supposedly siphon off blood and/or emotional "energy" from its victims without physical contact. The inclusion of an apostrophe here is not only necessary, but chilling.
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Rygel wrote:
The rule is an apostrophe is used to replace missing letters.

So in that sentence it would be replacing the missing I.

So ......Their is?

Nope

That was intended to show ownership.

So ........Theirs.


So in the sentence, 'This is Bob's toupee,' which letters are being replaced with the apostrophe?
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Gee Whiz wrote:
Rygel wrote:
The rule is an apostrophe is used to replace missing letters.

So in that sentence it would be replacing the missing I.

So ......Their is?

Nope

That was intended to show ownership.

So ........Theirs.


So in the sentence, 'This is Bob's toupee,' which letters are being replaced with the apostrophe?

Bob('s pathetically obviou)s toupee.
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Your all wrong.

Its "there".

I know because I'm a spelling expirt.
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Gee Whiz wrote:
So in the sentence, 'This is Bob's toupee,' which letters are being replaced with the apostrophe?


In Old English, the (genetive) -es ending was used to indicate the possessive of singular nouns and the plural. The apostrophe now replaces the e in the possessive to distinguish it from the plural -es ending.

For modern usage it evolved to just being an indicator of plural, even in cases where you wouldn't have used the -es ending, or in cases where dropping the e would change the word.

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Think of it this way:

"Their" is already denoting possession (one of the two things that an apostrophe is used to indicate), just like his and hers.

If you would make "their's", would you make them hi's and her's?
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Heh I would have answered but I'm a pedant, not a Nazi.
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We used to have this strip bar in town that sold T-shirts: Tit's and beer, thats why I'm here.

They got 1 of the 3 apostrophes right. That shirt used to bug me to no end.
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Koldfoot wrote:
We used to have this strip bar in town that sold T-shirts: Tit's and beer, thats why I'm here.

They got 1 of the 3 apostrophes right. That shirt used to bug me to no end.

Last time, the sign got two of three right and you said that ain't bad. So they messed up even worse on the T shirt? But how do you know the owner isn't called Tit? I propose an experiment. Walk up to him and say "Hey Tit! How're your tits? Titty titty tit tit." I will wait here in Virginia for the result.
 
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This weekend I drove past a business advertising what they work on:

Pools, Spa's, Decks

I have no idea what compelled them to add the apostrophe for spa, when they didn't think it was needed for the other words. Maybe the owner's name is Spa?
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Blott wrote:
In church this morning there was a sign posted with the phrase: ...


FTFY
 
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Hilariously, XKCD today...

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In marching band I was on loading crew, which was responsible for transporting various musical requipment. We had shirts that said "Were not smart we just lode the truck."
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