Never know when to end a word in o, os, or oes?
Goodness gracious me! I am sure that there must be a secret school for greengrocers and fruit and veg employees … where they are taught a difficult and secret way to use apostrophes at the end of vegetables. It is a miracle if I ever see a sign outside a greengrocer which *doesn’t* have an apostrophe where it isn’t needed!
[Feel free to send photos of offending signs to share with us!]
Words ending in O do NOT – I repeat – do NOT need an apostrophe *s* to make it plural!!!
When a singular word ends with a consonant (non-vowels) and o,
it is normal to add es to form a plural:
|Exceptions – no *e* before *s*
|When a singular word ends with yo or io, add ans:
What does it all mean??!
A noun is a naming word or an object (e.g. shoe, house, computer, employee).
two potato’s is WRONG
three tomato’s is WRONG
two piano’s or pianoes is WRONG
five studio’s is WRONG
Unless you have a school teacher who is correcting your work, you probably have no-one who proofreads for you, who can spot the errors … and yet it is so important. As working adults, many of us are required to do a fair amount of writing for our jobs, no matter which field we are in, so taking the time to learn grammar, apostrophes, punctuation, parts of speech and commonly misspelt words, will be a skill we can build on and improve with practice. Good luck!