The Greengrocer's Apostrophe

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 Vivian Cook

Nouns with plural 's' in standard written English do not have an apostrophe, e.g. books not book's, teams not team's. However notices in shops frequently break this rule by advertising melon's, cauliflower's and carrot's for sale - hence the so-called greengrocer's apostrophe.

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Many other sites feature the Greengrocer's Apostrophe such as The Apostrophe Catastrophe

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