Interested in Language
Talking about shoes for boys in general do you say:
a boy's shoes?
This doubt is caused by revising a page of a grammar book I studied at university. They give the following examples: , a man's umbrella, a woman's stocking, boy's shoes. Is it just a misprint?
With plural it's easier, I think: BOYS' SHOES....Isn't it?
***** NOT A TEACHER *****
(1) Great question. Apostrophes drive everyone crazy.
(2) I think that you are 100% correct: "boy's shoes" would be correct only if you
were talking about one boy.
(3) I agree with you that the correct answer is:
Boys' shoes are now on sale at ....
(4) But many Americans are eager to remove "unnecessary" apostrophes. So I have
noticed that some stores simply advertise:
Big discount on boys shoes.
(5) So I guess in the year 2012, most people still insist on boys' shoes with some
people accepting boys shoes. But we are not ready yet to accept boy's shoes.
Here in the United States, one day each year we honor all of our presidents.
I have seen the following:
(I have to admit that the "cleanest-looking" one is the third example. Some people consider many apostrophes as unnecessary "clutter.")