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A grammatical error on a Formby road but does anyone care? One reader does...


How many people have noticed a Gatling error painted on the road surface of the Sumner Road car park exit? Probably very few, but there are rules about apostrophes which matter to some and are unknown to others.

It should read: HGVs but, it does read: HGV'S

Here are the rules: 1). It indicates a possessive in a singular noun. 2). It indicates time or quantity 3). It indicates the omission of figures in dates 4). It indicates the omission of letters 5). It indicates strange, non-standard English 6). It indicates the plurals of letters

None of the above apply to the notice painted on this road, so the apostrophe should not be there and the S should be lower case (small).

Many weeks ago, this mistake was reported to the highways department by one of our readers who recalled an article in the national press about a man who toured his home town at the dead of night painting out apostrophes and adding them were required. They showed little interest or understanding.

Does it matter in this so casual day and age? One reader thinks it does. What do you think?

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