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  • Peter Normington

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

    “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


    E&Os allowed