Posted By Amanda Collins on May 30, 2012
This weekend, I attended the Phoenix Comicon, which was totally fantastic. Costumes, exhibitors, presentations…but I digress. During the Star Trek: The Next Generation panel (ST:TNG to those in the know), one of the audience members asked the panel a question: “What was you guys’ favorite time on TNG?” So that leads us to today’s grammar education moment.
If it were written out, this person would have been completely correct, but when we heard it, it sounded like “you guyses,” which, admittedly, sounds a little funny. So that got me thinking about grammar education and making plurals possessive.
Unfortunately for the question asker, he was correct, yet the panel made fun of him and kept it going when another question asker repeated the guys’ word—pronouncing it the same way. I see words in my head, and I knew right away that the person who said guys’ was correct, but the real question is: How SHOULD you pronounce s’?
Usually, it sounds a little odd to say that double S sound, so most people don’t. My charge for you today is to think about how you say plural possessives and if you pronounce the second S or not. Then share what you learned below.