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  • Electrics or Electric’s ?

     David Rogers updated 11 years, 9 months ago 14 Members · 26 Posts
  • James Martin

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 11:08 am

    I can barely spell never mind hyphens and all that stuff.

    Spell checker in adobe red flags ‘Electrics’; wants to change it to Electronics; but it doesn’t red flag ‘Electric’s’.

    But as I’m writing the forum spell checker is the opposite highlighting ‘Electric’s’, and ignoring ‘Electrics’.

    arggggggghhhhhhhhh.

    Both spellcheckers highlight ‘arggggggghhhhhhhh’ by the way.

    anyone ? plz.

  • John Dorling

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I would say Electrics, but it depends on the context it’s being used in.

    John

  • Harry Cleary

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 11:25 am

    What context are you using it in James? If it’s a business name probably Electric’s, as it belongs to somebody…….Cleary Electric’s. ‘Electrics’ if you wish to say something like…… ‘The electrics were installed by….’

  • John Dorling

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Harry I’m not sure that’s right, but I hate apostrophes (or should that be apostrophe’s???) 👿 Have a look here James http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apostrophe

  • Peter Normington

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 11:39 am
    quote Harry Cleary:

    What context are you using it in James? If it’s a business name probably Electric’s, as it belongs to somebody…….Cleary Electric’s. ‘Electrics’ if you wish to say something like…… ‘The electrics were installed by….’

    Harry the oposrophe goes on the owner of the item not the other way round.

    Harry’s electrics
    But if the the electric’s circuit would be correct

    An apostophe only has two uses to denote ownership or a missing letter,

    Peter

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    ‘electrics’
    "check the electrics"
    "Johns electrics are good" etc.

    only put the apostrophe before the s if you want to say
    "the electric’s switched off now"

    Pete, i thought that the apostrophe was still only used in a name to denote the missing letter, such as "john’s here" or "John’s arrived", john is or john has respectively.

    if the possessive i thought it went after the name and the S wasn’t added. "Johns’ Tackle shop" of "have you seen Johns’ van?"

    perhaps i’m wrong!

  • George Elsmore

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    clear ‘s mud 😮

  • Warren Beard

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm
    quote George Elsmore:

    clear ‘s mud 😮

    Who Clear ? or did you miss off the "y" for Mr Cleary

    "whos" going to care anyway? 🙄

  • Harry Cleary

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    On mature reflection I think I may be wrong! 😳

  • David Rowland

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Electric’s

    vs

    Electric’s

    Computers are to blame for using an Inch mark instead of an apostrophe.

  • George Elsmore

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    quote Harry Cleary:

    On mature reflection I think I may be wrong! 😳

    was it a senior moment Harry 😀

  • Shane Drew

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    really sad part is that most readers thee days wouldn’t know the answer either, and probably wouldn’t care anyway

    My gripe is when people use txt language when they type an email. You need an interpreter some days 🙄

  • David Rogers

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm
    quote Dave Rowland:

    Electric’s

    vs

    Electric’s

    Computers are to blame for using an Inch mark instead of an apostrophe.

    Whilst pondering the finer points of the apostrophe I noticed that’s a foot mark Dave. :lol1:

  • David Rowland

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    quote David Rogers:

    quote Dave Rowland:

    Electric’s

    vs

    Electric’s

    Computers are to blame for using an Inch mark instead of an apostrophe.

    Whilst pondering the finer points of the apostrophe I noticed that’s a foot mark Dave. :lol1:

    Yes, that is correct but couldn’t remember which one’s which at the moment of fast typing. I was corrected by someone when I was working in Book printing.

  • Harry Cleary

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 1:01 pm
    quote George Elsmore:

    quote Harry Cleary:

    On mature reflection I think I may be wrong! 😳

    was it a senior moment Harry 😀

    yes George, look at the company I’m keeping! 😀

  • Martin Oxenham

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Thats a foot mark not an inch !

  • Peter Normington

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 2:20 pm
    quote Hugh Potter:

    ‘electrics’
    “check the electrics”
    “Johns electrics are good” etc.

    only put the apostrophe before the s if you want to say
    “the electric’s switched off now”

    Pete, i thought that the apostrophe was still only used in a name to denote the missing letter, such as “john’s here” or “John’s arrived”, john is or john has respectively.

    if the possessive i thought it went after the name and the S wasn’t added. “Johns’ Tackle shop” of “have you seen Johns’ van?”

    perhaps i’m wrong!

    Thats what i said Hugh it replaces John is here.
    but the ownership come in to play as this

    If a group of nuns make some chips, then its the nuns’ chips

    if the mother superior makes some chips they are the mother superior’s chips

    Like yYour example, Johns Tackle depends on if it’s the surname Johns Or

    first name John

    Peter

    E&Os allowed

    Peter

  • David Rogers

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    …signs for MOT’s or OAP’s as a plural…discuss

    There’s millions of them out there, but are they correct?

  • Steve Morgan

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    The main role of the apostrophe is to show possession or association.

    * If the noun is singular, you form the possessive by adding ‘s:
    o the cat’s paws (one cat)
    o Mary’s hair
    * If the noun is plural and ends in s you add an apostrophe after the s:
    o the cats’ paws (several cats)
    o the Smiths’ house
    * If the noun is plural and ends in a letter other than s, the possessive is formed by adding ‘s:
    o the children’s clothes
    o the sheep’s hoofs

    I think as Peter has already said.

  • John Childs

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 2:44 pm
    quote David Rogers:

    …signs for MOT’s or OAP’s as a plural…discuss

    There’s millions of them out there, but are they correct?

    :no1:

  • James Martin

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Wow Back to school

    I’m going to have to set an hour away to take all this in.

    Its a list of services; like:-

    plumbing – tiling – electrics – joinery

    Probably go with electrics.

    Good to know this stuff mind you.

  • John Dorling

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Definitely go with electrics in that context!

    :thumbsup:

  • Paul Humble

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Save yourself any doubt and call him a Multi Skilled Technician.

    Or should that be Multi-Skilled (or even Multi-skilled????) lol

  • Peter Normington

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 6:54 pm
    quote Paul Humble:

    Save yourself any doubt and call him a Multi Skilled Technician.

    Or should that be Multi-Skilled (or even Multi-skilled????) lol

    no it should be
    multi’s’kille’d

    Anyway Paul can you change your avitar, its frightening my dogs 😀

    Peter

  • Paul Humble

    Member
    January 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm
    quote Peter Normington:

    quote Paul Humble:

    Save yourself any doubt and call him a Multi Skilled Technician.

    Or should that be Multi-Skilled (or even Multi-skilled????) lol

    no it should be
    multi’s’kille’d

    Anyway Paul can you change your avitar, its frightening my dogs 😀

    Peter

    <<<<<< Ill use this one as a temporary measure although it shows me in a bad light as I rarely drink or dance!! lol

  • David Rogers

    Member
    January 23, 2009 at 1:22 am
    quote John Childs:

    quote David Rogers:

    …signs for MOT’s or OAP’s as a plural…discuss

    There’s millions of them out there, but are they correct?

    :no1:

    Of course not…. :thumbup2:

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