May 19 2011

Pluralization pet peeve

by Barbie in Grammar, Pet Peeves

Even though this is a basic grammar rule, it’s amazing how often I have to edit incorrect pluralization. Remember that apostrophes are reserved for possession, not pluralization. Simply adding an “s” (or “-es” or “-“ies” in some cases) makes your noun plural. A correctly placed apostrophe makes the noun possessive.

Here are some examples:

  • Baby (singular noun); babies (plural noun); baby’s or babies’ (possessive)
  • House (singular noun); houses (plural noun); house’s or houses’ (possessive)
  • Doctor (singular noun); doctors (plural noun); doctor’s or doctors’ (possessive)

It’s a simple rule but one that people forget more than you would think!