Well, at least the editors at Yahoo! Movies managed to get one possessive form right in this headline:
If this were baseball they’d be batting .500.
Can anyone explain to me why Yahoo! Style writers don’t know how to form the possessive of a common noun? Why would anyone think models’s could possibly be correct?
Maybe the writer didn’t know if she was writing about one model (and the possessive model’s) or more than one (and the possessive models’). So she covered both possibilities with models’s.
But how do you explain her ignorance of using single quotation marks within a quote? Maybe she played hooky the day that was taught in seventh grade.
So, if she was writing about two or more models, she should have written: the models’ “‘bones’ weren’t visible…
I’m kinda appalled by this on the Yahoo! front page:
Is this really the best Yahoo! can do? Has the company outsourced all writing to a non-English-speaking country? Or are these errors the result of a public school education in the U.S.? How do you explain the fact that a professional writer or editor doesn’t know the possessive of women is women’s and that in the United States, Congress is a proper noun?
You read it here first. Well, actually not here, but on Yahoo! News:
Senators Rubio and Cruz now have a single, joined “ground game battle” in Nevada for the presidential nomination. I guess they’ve joined forces to fight Trump’s, Kasich’s, and Carson’s run for the nomination.
It seems odd, doesn’t it? Why would they do that? Is it possible that Rubio and Cruz each have their own “ground game battle”? And is it possible that the Yahoo! editors don’t know that would be Rubio’s and Cruz’s ground game battles? Is it possible they don’t know that if something is owned by two people, only the last name gets the ‘S (like Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and Mom and Dad’s wedding)? But if it’s owned separately, each name must get the ‘S?
Not sure how to form the possessive of a plural? Can’t decide if the apostrophe goes before or after the S? Just do what this Yahoo! Celebrity writer did! Put it before and after the apostrophe:
Just in case the writer (or editor) is reading this, here’s the rule: To form the possessive of a singular name, add an apostrophe followed by an S. To form the possessive of a plural name, add an apostrophe after the S: Kardashians’.