Mudcat Café message #3786579 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #159749   Message #3786579
Posted By: MGM·Lion
22-Apr-16 - 05:18 AM
Thread Name: BS: Grammar Police/Pedant alert
Subject: RE: BS: Grammar Police/Pedant alert
Apostrophe to indicate an omission of letter[s], eg '"don't, can't" &c, is a useful convention which should be retained imo; but that for the possessive is otiose, and that is the one I should be glad to see abolished. Context will usually resolve ambiguities – as it has to do in speech, where punctuation is only implied but not instantly accessible as it is in writing.