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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:38 pm 
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Please could somebody tell me which is the correct use of apostrophe:

The horses' tails flicked as they galloped in the field.

The horse's tails flicked as they galloped in the field.

Thanks :shock:


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:45 pm 
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First one as there is more than one horse


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:47 pm 
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The first one.

devonmum wrote:
The horses' tails flicked as they galloped in the field.
There were plural horses, and therefore the plural takes the apostrophe at the end.

The exception to the rule is where a word is already a plural, such as the word children. "The children's words could be heard clearly." "The people's voice was heard."

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The horse's tails flicked as they galloped in the field.
The horse has only one tail. The apostrophe is wrong because it replaces the possessive word "his", making "the horse (his) tails flicked ..."


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:59 pm 
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Yes I thought it was the first one too. I was on a website selling on-line 11 plus tutoring (not sure if I should put the name on here). Took the free trial and this was one of the questions - I answered the first one and it said it was wrong it was the second one............

Don't think I will be signing up with them - and this on line tutoring site was recommended was a teacher at DS school :? :? :?


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:03 pm 
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devonmum wrote:
Yes I thought it was the first one too. I was on a website selling on-line 11 plus tutoring (not sure if I should put the name on here). Took the free trial and this was one of the questions - I answered the first one and it said it was wrong it was the second one............

Don't think I will be signing up with them - and this on line tutoring site was recommended was a teacher at DS school :? :? :?

Aaargh! Caveat emptor - buyer beware! I am afraid that sub-standard resources abound.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:07 pm 
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That is why I never trusted anyone with my dc except myself


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:28 pm 
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I am doing DIY at the moment as cannot find a tutor... all booked up for next year or so :o so thought I would look for on-line tutor.... think I will just keeping DIYing!


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