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#473964 - 10/02/13 08:50 PM Help with English grammer  
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I never learned a lot of the rules about spelling so could use some help.

I need to understand the plural popssive for the word bird.
Is it
bird's
birds'
birds

Thanks


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#473965 - 10/02/13 08:53 PM Re: Help with English grammer [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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Birds'
Plural - add the "s"
Possessive - add the apostrophe


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#473973 - 10/03/13 03:47 AM Re: Help with English grammer [Re: Wizardofaahs]  
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Surely the singular possessive is bird's
and the plural is birds'


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#473996 - 10/03/13 05:37 AM Re: Help with English grammer [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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#474015 - 10/03/13 07:57 AM Re: Help with English grammer [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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Originally Posted by ScubaLdy
I never learned a lot of the rules about spelling so could use some help.

I need to understand the plural popssive for the word bird.
Is it
bird's
birds'
birds

Thanks


laugh I'm sorry to laugh Harriette, but you do come up with some of the more original posts to the board, and in all sincerity I might add! I think you have your answers...I like the Grammar Pants FB ink from Elbert although it seems more a dictionary and vocabulary builder than grammar...

Best!

#474018 - 10/03/13 08:17 AM Re: Help with English grammer [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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So is this correct
The birds' protected thier nest ----
meaning more than one bird and those nests belonged to them

I find the people on this board just full of information and I have a curios mind.

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#474022 - 10/03/13 08:34 AM Re: Help with English grammer [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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I believe you mean more than one bird and more than one nest so it might read "The birds protected their nests."

Otherwise it might read "The birds' nests were protected."

#474024 - 10/03/13 08:38 AM Re: Help with English grammer [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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No, it would be "the birds protected their nest"...

Or,

"The birds' protection of their nest is a sight to behold."


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#474025 - 10/03/13 08:39 AM Re: Help with English grammer [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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Originally Posted by ScubaLdy
So is this correct
The birds' protected thier nest ----
meaning more than one bird and those nests belonged to them

I find the people on this board just full of information and I have a curios mind.


Exactly...plural possesive gets an apostrophe outside the "s"...birds'...

and btw its "their" "I" before "e" except after "c" and when sounding like "a" as in neighbor. In this case it aint exactly "a" as in neighbor but thats just the way it is...


#474026 - 10/03/13 08:43 AM Re: Help with English grammer [Re: Wizardofaahs]  
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Originally Posted by Wizardofaahs
No, it would be "the birds protected their nest"...

Or,

"The birds' protection of their nest is a sight to behold."


Actually "the birds protected their nest and "The birds' protection of their nest is a sight to behold." is a bit off the mark.

Read her post and check for the plurals; more than one bird more than one nest.

Her grammar is correct as well as syntax; she is presenting the protected state of more than one bird's nest; "the birds' nests..."

You could alternately present a similar statement the way you have indicated, but to match Harritte's intent you would need to add an "s" to "nest" in your statement(s) to represent the existence of multiple nests. "the birds protected their nests"...


I am now done being a grammar and spelling nerd...

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