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Ah, before you react, I want to emphasize that I am not a grammar police.  it’s just that for the past years, the past months and the past several days, I’ve seen this in my news feed on Facebook.

I don’t want to act like a “contrabida” and correct them because they are my friends. There are times though that even the tenses are so glaring, really quite annoying to read. Long before those trolls by the present administration have lorded it over Facebook and some of them were banned this year, I’ve seen these, not just wrong grammar but wrong choices of words. They could have written it in Tagalog better. Shall we say, it’s “nosebleed” reading it at all.

They usually add that apostrophe + S to regular plural nouns. Here’s the simple rule.

 plural noun is a word that indicates that there is more than one person, animal place, thing, or idea. When you talk about more than one of anything, you’re using plural nouns. When you write about more than one of anything, you usually use the same word, simply adding an s, es, or ies to the end

Do not, I repeat, do not  use an apostrophe + s to make a regular noun plural. Nouns ending in -o can add either -s or -es in the plural, and some can be spelled either way.  With nouns that end in a consonant or a single vowel plus -f or -fe, change the -f or -fe to -ves:  For those ending in y, you change y to ies. 

I often see this: friend’s. They use it as plural form.  Even if English is just our second language, it is quite annoying to see it.

 

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