A donut shop we stopped at once, in a moment of sugar cravings and temporary weakness, gave us this warning. I dun could’t resist taking a pickcher of that there sign. Them there rules for apostrophes, plurals and possessive personal pronouns are not always understooded very good.
Them donut peoples dun used the possessive personal pronoun YOUR instead of a contraction YOU’RE, which is short for YOU + ARE.
Ya’ know, it’s perty easy to make contractions. ‘Cuz we’re too lazy to say each word, contractions are like shortcuts.
Start with two words, take a few letters out, throw in a squiggle where them letters is missing, and you gotta’ new word.
Same wif ITS and IT’S. If ya wanna’ say IT IS use IT’S.
Think of the apostrophe as a little pointing finger, showing that something is possessed, or owned.
The little apostrophe is pointing to the dog, showing he owns the word after the apostrophe, in this case the tail.
This latte ain’t owning nuttin’. It don’t need a finger pointing at hisself.
It ain’t no contraction either.
It just needs to be plural, more than one, ‘cuz we luv us some lattes.
You jest be needing to add a big ol’ “s”, not that there apostrophe.
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Maybe they couldn’t sell the “table” because it didn’t help them wright like they thought it should. Maybe I shoulda’ bought the “table” and started a business.