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triceretops
04-06-2006, 11:06 PM
Okay, folks. What is the rule for using apostrophees (sp?) after some of the following words:

betcha
gonna
smakin
doin
whuppin
jist
fixin

Does everything get one, or none of them, or just some of them? How does the rule apply

Tri

three seven
04-06-2006, 11:08 PM
smakin' (whatever that means)
doin'
whuppin'
fixin'

These are the only ones that have a single missing letter - the purpose of an apostrophe.

Jamesaritchie
04-07-2006, 03:39 AM
Okay, folks. What is the rule for using apostrophees (sp?) after some of the following words:

betcha
gonna
smakin
doin
whuppin
jist
fixin

Does everything get one, or none of them, or just some of them? How does the rule apply

Tri

Apostrophes indicate a missing letter, so "betcha," "gonna," and "jist" receive no apostrophe. "Jist" doesn't even count as a slang or colloquial word. At best, it's dialect. "Betcha" and "gonna" really aren't words, either, except in the most informal and colloqial instances, but nothing in missing, so no apostrohe. "Whuppin" is also extremely informal, but receives an apostrophe because the final jee is missing. I don't know what "smakin" is supposed to be. "Smacking," maybe?

"Fixin" also gets an apostrophe because the jee is missing.

three seven
04-07-2006, 04:00 AM
How to tell when someone's got you on Ignore...

triceretops
04-07-2006, 04:41 AM
Aw, thank you guys. That really simplifies things.

Tri