Apostrophes in school

(16 Posts)
Jossysgiants Sun 20-Jan-13 09:23:42

<apologies for missing apostrophe in own nn>
My daughter is in reception and the teacher has now divided the class into 4 groups. They drop their book bags into boxes related to these groups in the morning. The boxes are labelled 'Sunshine's' 'Rainbow's' 'Lightning's ' ' Thunder's '

I suspect they have intended these names as plurals and therefore have placed an apostrophe unnecessarily. But I am not sure - I suppose they might argue the box belongs to the sunshine. This has been bothering me more than it probably should. Do you think I would be unreasonable to ask the teacher what she intended?

TheNebulousBoojum Sun 20-Jan-13 09:27:28

No. I'd ask what the possessive apostrophe is related to.

dischordant Sun 20-Jan-13 09:30:22

Book bags? I mean they are 'Rainbow's book bags' in this box.

Jossysgiants Sun 20-Jan-13 10:09:52

thenebulous I will ask. dischordant - it's possible, but the book bags still belong to the children IMO.

dischordant Sun 20-Jan-13 10:32:29

I agree, they certainly belong to the children but when they're in the boxes they are in that 'group' - If you know what I'm getting at?

It's a bit odd anyway!

dischordant Sun 20-Jan-13 10:33:24

Perhaps she asks a particular group to collect form the boxes throughout the day (Or perhaps I'm overthinking this...)

Feenie Sun 20-Jan-13 10:41:49

My ds's school Reception class had a box labelled Book's, which wound me up no end.

It was one of the things I decided to Let Go.

Am trying similar with a rant note aimed at me from his Y2 class teacher regarding reading levels, which includes dont and its (as a contraction). Having to sit on hands a lot.

dischordant Sun 20-Jan-13 11:17:10

Oh dear, I would find it hard to keep quiet.

Jossysgiants Sun 20-Jan-13 11:51:23

I know what you mean dischordant . As if the group is the temporary custodian of the book bags. * Feenie* you are very restrained. I am going to have to ask them. To say it is eating away at me is a slight exaggeration. But not much. I have to know!

cumfy Tue 22-Jan-13 23:46:49

Meh ++

You could read it any which way though couldn't you ?

Rainbow's could (correctly?) mean: Rainbow's container for Rainbow group members' bookbags ... couldn't it ?

I'm sure there are numerous such contractions which would be "correct".

But in the context it would be far more sensible to label the box Rainbow.

somebloke123 Wed 23-Jan-13 10:52:31

No you wouldn't be unreasonable to mention it. The woman is a teacher and ought to get these simple things right.

SignoraStronza Thu 24-Jan-13 22:25:25

Surely if it refers to the possession of the books by a particular group (plural) then it should be written:
Rainbows'
Sunshines'

Jossysgiants Thu 24-Jan-13 23:50:14

I agree cumfy that there are multiple possible interpretations. However only if the structure used matches the intended meaning is it really correct.

JessieMcJessie Wed 06-Feb-13 05:34:23

Please come back and tell us what she said. I think she's wrong, and she meant that each kid is a "Sunshine" so it's either labelled "Sunshines" as a simple declaration of who the box is for, or it should be "Sunshines' " as in the box belonging to the Sunshines. Think how toilets are labelled- either Ladies' or Ladies, Gents or Gents'.

WMittens Wed 06-Feb-13 12:26:54

I agree with somebloke123; the whole comma abuse issue which is commonplace is just being reinforced by incorrect use in education.

Also echo what SignoraStronza and JessieMcJessie said*.

*Typed? Put? Declared?

JessieMcJessie Sat 09-Feb-13 02:36:25

Any update OP?

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