Surely dog's represents the genitive single "doges", and the Old English
genitive plural would given something like doga?
On 09/01/2016 11:41, Mike Weatherley wrote:
>> So how do we differentiate between the dog's dinner and the dogs' dinner?
>> Dave Tooke
> Well strictly speaking, perhaps it ought to be: "dogs's dinner" for the plural genitive, only the convention is to drop the second 's'; not because that's correct, but just because it's easier to pronounce (and people like to be lazy). Of course, nominative plurals (where there's no possessive) shouldn't have apostrophes (either with or without their own... erm...apostrophes :-)
> But then, of course, since basic punctuation & grammar seem not to be taught in many schools these days (ask schoolchildren what a semi-colon is, and what it's for) written English is becoming a bit of a dog's breakfast.
> Mike (BSc)
> On 9 Jan 2016, at 11:20, Mike Weatherley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> On 1/8/16, Michael <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> But isn't it convention that we drop apostrophe's from place names?
>> No; but it is a convention that we drop apostrophes from plural nouns... :-)
>> Mike (BSc)