Apostrophe

QUESTION:  Grammar is the set of rules governing the composition of three of the following elements of writing.  Which one does not belong?
A)  Clauses
B)  Phrases
C)  Division
D)  Words
ANSWER BELOW

When you look at the included image of a Corvette ad that is displayed in our Toy Box here at the American Treasure Tour, you may wonder why it is included in a blog entry under the subject heading "apostrophe."  Well, the answer is really quite simple:  it includes an apostrophe where one does NOT belong.

This sign is not on the tour, but shows another abuse of the apostrophe

This sign is not on the tour, but shows another abuse of the apostrophe

The English language can be confusing.  It is a hodgepodge of Scandinavian, Roman, and Germanic languages, with a whole bunch of other influences thrown in for good measure. The rules of grammar are far from easy, too, which means you want to be very sure of what you're doing when you create a poster or an advertisement, because it's pretty embarrassing when you accidentally include or omit grammar that does not belong.  The apostrophe in sport's is simply misplaced.  Apostrophes exist for three reasons: 1] for the contraction of two words (ie. shortening "do not" into "don't"); 2] creating a possessive (ie. Johnny's Corvette); 3] in describing plurals in very few situations (ie. Mind your P's and Q's).  These all beg the question of what exactly the person who created this sign was thinking.  "America's Only Authentic Sport's Car" is neither a contraction, a possessive, nor even a plural - let alone one of the few examples of a plural that require an apostrophe.  It's just weird.  And wrong.  It makes us sad. On top of being a poorly-written ad, the slogan doesn't make much sense, either. How is the Corvette more, or less, authentic than the early Thunderbird?  It is definitely a special car that deserves its place in automotive history, but it deserves better than this.

Today's grammar lesson was brought to you by the letter A and, of course, the apostrophe.

ANSWER:  C)  Division.  That's a part of mathematics, and an entirely different creature.