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Robbie’s? Or more than one Robbie?

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Robbie Williams - WIEN 2006
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Look at this main headline in a recent edition of Swindon’s local paper:

Robbies shock at tragic death

The headline is referring to Robbie Williams’ shock at the death of a local man he knew. So, that headline should read:

Robbie’s shock at tragic death

With a possessive apostrophe before the s.

“Robbies” would refer to more than one Robbie.

The possessive apostrophe



Written by Wordwatch

07/12/2009 at 12:43 pm

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