Apostrophes do not indicate plurals! I don’t understand why this is so difficult to grasp, as it seems to be one of the easier grammar/punctuation rules to obey, yet it also seems to be the one that’s broken the most.
I’ve also noticed many a freelance writer new to the business improperly using apostrophes for possessive pronouns or noun plurals (i.e. her’s is wrong; hers is correct). The information below is from Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab.
Don’t use apostrophes for possessive pronouns or for noun plurals.
Apostrophes should not be used with possessive pronouns because possessive pronouns already show possession — they don’t need an apostrophe. His, her, its, my, yours, ours are all possessive pronouns.
Here are some helpful rules from the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University:
The apostrophe has three uses:
Apostrophes are NOT used for possessive pronouns or for noun plurals, including acronyms.
Why the rant on apostrophes? Well, the misuse doesn’t even usually have a pattern– it’s so random that it’s obvious that half the time the people who are doing it don’t even really care… it’s more of a lazy habit, peppering writing with apostrophes. I hope this information helps someone!