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  1. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
    MWD B612 "Dawg"
    @danok1

    The erroneous apostrophe in the sign’s last sentence really bothers me. 

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  2. JoelB Member
    JoelB
    @JoelB

    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):

    The erroneous apostrophe in the sign’s last sentence really bothers me.

    A manifestation of public education.

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  3. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):

    The erroneous apostrophe in the sign’s last sentence really bothers me.

    Yes, it should be plural: owners’.

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  4. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):

    The erroneous apostrophe in the sign’s last sentence really bothers me.

    I don’t see that as wrong in that case; it is a possessive, not plural — and not necessarily plural.

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  5. MWD B612 "Dawg" Member
    MWD B612 "Dawg"
    @danok1

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):

    The erroneous apostrophe in the sign’s last sentence really bothers me.

    I don’t see that as wrong in that case; it is a possessive, not plural — and not necessarily plural.

    What is “the small business owner” possessing in that sentence? 

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  6. Jim McConnell Member
    Jim McConnell
    @JimMcConnell

    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):

    The erroneous apostrophe in the sign’s last sentence really bothers me.

    I don’t see that as wrong in that case; it is a possessive, not plural — and not necessarily plural.

    What is “the small business owner” possessing in that sentence?

    The way I reading, he is identifying his business/work.

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  7. Front Seat Cat Member
    Front Seat Cat
    @FrontSeatCat

    Wow! Interesting!  I’m not that far from Navarre and there is a very serious work shortage in the Panhandle………….

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  8. Flicker Coolidge
    Flicker
    @Flicker

    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):

    Jim McConnell (View Comment):

    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):

    The erroneous apostrophe in the sign’s last sentence really bothers me.

    I don’t see that as wrong in that case; it is a possessive, not plural — and not necessarily plural.

    What is “the small business owner” possessing in that sentence?

    His “working”.

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  9. JoshuaFinch Coolidge
    JoshuaFinch
    @JoshuaFinch

    Owner’s can mean “owner is”

    https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/314339/is-apostrophe-s-s-only-for-is-and-has

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  10. Concretevol Thatcher
    Concretevol
    @Concretevol

    It’s the same story all over the place, especially the restaurant biz.  A ton of them are closing Sun/Mon, or Mon/Tues just to give the few employees they have some time off.  Tons of empty tables everywhere and still 45 min waits.  My girlfriend’s brother is a restaurant manager and said what you don’t see is worse……front of house may be staffed (short staffed) but there may be only one or two cooks working.  The obvious fact that inflated unemployment benefits are the primary cause of this is not lost on anyone, despite Biden’s labor department’s claims.  

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  11. Buckpasser Member
    Buckpasser
    @Buckpasser

    Paying people to stay home instead of going to work means less available workers???

     

    Who knew????

     

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  12. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens
    @BryanGStephens

    JoshuaFinch (View Comment):

    Owner’s can mean “owner is”

    https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/314339/is-apostrophe-s-s-only-for-is-and-has

    Which is what is clearly meant in this picture. 

    THIS small business owner IS 

    In other words, I am supporting you sorry behind.

     

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  13. SeanDMcG Thatcher
    SeanDMcG
    @SeanDMcG

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    JoshuaFinch (View Comment):

    Owner’s can mean “owner is”

    https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/314339/is-apostrophe-s-s-only-for-is-and-has

    Which is what is clearly meant in this picture.

    THIS small business owner IS

    In other words, I am supporting you sorry behind.

     

    True, but in this case, not applicable. The final line is the closing of a message. Hence, it should be a statement that identifies the sender of the message, not an action the sender is taking. It’d be fine if he’d said, “the small business owner who’s working 17 hours…” or “the small business owners who’re working…” The latter would’ve been correct (albeit wordy) and gotten some double-takes to boot. I tend to think it is supposed to be plural. It’s interesting to see the first post and its contents reflecting my first thoughts as well. 

     

    And then there’s the missing apostrophe before the “bodacious [CoC]” 

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