An essential book for writers is Strunk & White's Elements of Style. (Click the image to purchase on Amazon)
It's so essential that I thought I'd begin twice a month posts featuring some of the basic rules shared in the book.
You'll want to memorize these :)
- To show possession for a singular noun (no matter what the final consonant is) use 's:
- Mary's purse
- Alexis's car
- the bird's tweet
2. Exception to the above rule: Pronominal Possessives like hers, its, theirs, yours, ours. Its is usually a culprit for error. It's means it is or it has. It's does not show possession.
- its breath
- its handle
- it's blue
- it's been horrible
3. Singular Indefinite Pronouns such as another, anybody, anyone, anything, everybody, everyone, everything, nobody, no one, one, other, somebody, someone, something require an 's to show possession.
- anybody's business
- everyone's money
Next time: Comma Usage
Next Week: Blog of the Week and Maintaining Verb Tense In Your Story