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A [Short] Lesson on Apostrophes + Quiz

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  • Selma Perry says:

    Question 13 is a bit confusing. I believe I answered it correctly this time. It is still showing as incorrect.

    • Linda Evenson says:

      ‘Nother: apostrophe replaces the letter A in the word “another.”
      Nother: (without apostrophe) is also considered a correct variant according to Merriam-Webster.

  • phidaux says:

    I answered ‘nother also and it was counted incorrect.

    • Linda Evenson says:

      Valerie –

      Thanks for bringing that to my attention.  The correct answer is ‘Either 1 or 2,” depending on whether you use Webster’s as your authority (no apostrophe), or Morson’s (with apostrophe.)    I have fixed the answer.

      I appreciate your help!

      Linda – Instructor

  • Teresa says:

    Question 13 has no correct answer?

  • Mccormicks5 says:

    When I retook the test, the choices for “nother” were 1. 1 and 2 are correct, then the other three choices were ‘nother, nother’, and ‘noth’r. Just plain nother was not an option that time around, unless my eyes are going! Will you confirm that nother and ‘nother are viable options?

  • ollieshilo says:

    The answer for #13 shows it as incorrect. However, my choices did not include 1 & 2 as ‘nother and nother. My choices for 1 & 2 were: nother and ‘noth’r, which means the answer “both 1 & 2” would not apply to the test that I was given.

  • kerry says:

    Regarding Question #19, the Morson rule cited in the explanation is actually Rule 129, not Rule 126, at least in the second edition.
    P.S. I’m enjoying these quizzes. Thanks for letting me nitpick 🙂

    • lindae says:

      I have the second edition too. Rule 129 talks about making numbers plural by adding an S or apostrophe S. In this question we are omitting two of the numbers, [19]80s, so Rule 126 is the one we want: “Use an apostrophe to show the omission of letters and syllables in words or figures…” So we show the 1980s as the ’80s. Although in Lillian’s examples for 129, she shows s.o.b. and I almost always see it SOB. Of course, I live in Montana, so we’uns duz thangs diffrunt. ;o)

      Hey, you are welcome to nitpick anytime. I am SO grateful when students send me corrections because it just makes the training better. That’s worth its weight in gold!

      • kerry says:

        I was referring to Question #19 (about LPNs vs. LPN’s), not Question #1 (about the ’80s).
        The explanation on Question #19 does accurately quote Rule 129, but incorrectly refers to it as Rule 126.
        How’s that for being nitpicky? 😉

  • parriottl says:

    Hi Linda,
    The explanation for question 18 says no apostrophe in “homeowners” because the word is descriptive, not possessive. However, Merriam-Webster says to use the singular plural in “homeowner’s insurance.” CMOS 17 7.27 says, “When in doubt, opt for the [plural] possessive.” Neither reference says “homeowners” doesn’t take a comma either before or after the “s.” I am truly confused.


    • Linda says:

      Great research skills! Those are going to come in really handy as a scopist.

      Where there are differing opinions on how to punctuate something, truthfully, the final arbiter is the court reporter. It is their work product, their name goes on the certificate, so your best bet would be to ask them what they prefer. I know that’s kind of a cop-out, but ’tis true. And what I’ve found is that as long as you’re consistent, they are usually not as picky on this type of thing. If the words are right and make sense, that’s their main concern. I hope that helps.

  • Glaziera says:

    Linda, #19 is a tricky one, isn’t it? From my transcription days, and now my credentialing work, we still use the apostrophe when identifying more than one LPN or RN position – as in, “the contract is for 12 RN’s”. Would the final verdict be left to the reporter on this, as well?

    • Linda says:

      There are three uses of apostrophes: possessives: Ann’s book; contractions: can’t; and to prevent misreading. For example, if you’re talking about alphabet letters, you probably want to use A’s; otherwise, it looks like the word As. Same for I’s and Is. For LPNs or RNs, I don’t think anyone is going to misread the terms, so you don’t need the apostrophes. There might be some reporters who want the apostrophes, so it never hurts to ask. Whatever you do, just be sure you’re consistent.

  • Deb Torrez says:

    I’m realizing how easy it is for my eyes to overlook things and that I need to look at all possible options!

    • Linda says:

      LOL! How true. It’s like anything: The more you do it, the better you get. You’ll be surprised, down the road, how you don’t even have to think twice!

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