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Illinois’s


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25 Comments to Illinois’s

  1. As an illinoisian, I am embarrassed.

  2. Alexx on December 9th, 2011
  3. Am I missing something? What is wrong with this one?

  4. Howie Duen on December 9th, 2011
  5. It’s Illinois’, not Illinois’s

  6. Karen on December 9th, 2011
  7. lol wat a idiot

  8. eash on December 9th, 2011
  9. Um, you idiots know that you still add an ‘S’ at the end if the word ending in ‘s’ is not plural right? To show posession? You don’t just NOT add an S because there’s an S there. Illinois is a proper, singular noun. You guys are f*cking stupid. This tattoo is accurate and is on here for no reason.

    FOR INSTANCE:
    If your last name was Dickens, you would say “This is Dickens’s finest work.”
    If your last name was Thompson, and you’re talking about more than one, you would say “This is the Thompsons’ house.”

    U DONT GRAMMAR 2 GOODLY, DO U.

  10. Englishmajor on December 9th, 2011
  11. Though grammatically this may be accurate there was no need to add the “s”. It would have been just fine as “Illinois Finest” there truly is no need for the S if you really want to get technical.

  12. ree on December 9th, 2011
  13. Sad, but I’ve actually heard someone say “Illinios’s” Same person also says “Libary” and “Hambuger”

  14. phxpaul on December 9th, 2011
  15. Fact: showing possesion on a proper noun that ends with S you may still use the apostrophe S even though you would not on a common noun regardless of if it is singular or plural.

  16. Kris on December 10th, 2011
  17. Use the apostrophe to show possession. Place the apostrophe before the s to show singular possession.
    Examples:
    one boy’s hat
    one woman’s hat
    one actress’s hat
    one child’s hat
    Ms. Chang’s house
    NOTE: Although names ending in s or an s sound are not required to have the second s added in possessive form, it is preferred.
    Mr. Jones’s golf clubs
    Texas’s weather
    Ms. Straus’s daughter
    Jose Sanchez’s artwork
    Dr. Hastings’s appointment (name is Hastings)
    Mrs. Lees’s books (name is Lees)

  18. Tom on December 10th, 2011
  19. Idiots. The apostrophe represents a contraction meaning illinois is. In this case the apostrophe should come a the end of Illinois

  20. Vinnie on December 10th, 2011
  21. The grammatically correct possessive form of Illinois would be Illinois’s. The first s is silent, pronounced normally il-li-noy. So it would be pronounced il-li–noise in the possessive form. Also words ending in s are required to have the apostrophe and the extra s afterwards when denoting the possessive. The s isn’t representing a contraction. I’m from Illinois and it drives me nuts when I see Illinois’.

  22. Sel on December 12th, 2011
  23. A lot of English professors visit wtftattoos I see.

  24. k. stanford on December 13th, 2011
  25. Fact: The submitter is an idiot and has no grammar. And neither do the people who go through these photos. “Illinois” is singular so “Illinois’s” would be correct even though it looks funny. Granted the entire thing sounds funny when you say it out loud…

  26. Ghostie on December 14th, 2011
  27. LOL @ Stanford… what a way to put their educations to use.

  28. Rel on December 22nd, 2011
  29. I thought I was on a tattoo site

  30. Dave on December 23rd, 2011
  31. Whether it is spelled right or wrong isn’t the real problem. The bottom line is that is a piece of sh!t idea of a tattoo to ruin your body with. Now go show the rest of the world your poor taste and high self-esteem and don’t forget to tell them where you came from. Cheerio, mate!

  32. CrackMan on December 26th, 2011
  33. Stephen King addressed this issue in his book, “On Writing.” He says if it is posessive, always always use ‘s, even if the word/name ends with an s already. The only reason you’d write an apostrophe without an s is when you are using the posessive of a plural word, for example: the houses’ lights were beautiful. The more you know!

  34. Kristen on January 6th, 2012
  35. This tattoo is a bad idea but not grammatically incorrect. The idea of dropping the extra s after possessive apostrophes was developed be newspapers to save space in printing. But just because that is the common usage does not mean that “Illinois’s” is incorrect.

  36. Hennen on January 11th, 2012
  37. Wow, I never expected to learn something useful on this site.

  38. StlChica on January 14th, 2012
  39. Sorry, but the correct spelling would STILL be, Illinois’ finest. This would STILL be pronounced as “Illi-noise”finest. And that is that. Argue all you want, but if you are saying you are the finest in Illinois, you would only put the apostrophe WITH NO SECOND S.

  40. Candi on January 26th, 2012
  41. @Candi, sorry, but you’re wrong. (And you don’t need that comma between “be” and “Illinois’.”) And that is that.

    …and yes, I really am an English professor XD

  42. Cactus on February 4th, 2012
  43. I am not at all surprised by the sheer stupidity of this.

  44. America on February 6th, 2012
  45. Words that end in S, regardless of whether they are proper nouns and regardless of whether they are plural or singular nouns, can either end with just the apostrophe or with the apostrophe and the S. One of my favorite English professors said to write it how you would say it. It does look funny in this tat, and I can understand where some see it as a contraction for “Illinois is finest” but that adds a whole new level of WTF if it is a contraction. It does seem like quite a few grammarians (both of the amateur and professional variety) are browsing wtftattoos.com, but I suppose that is because there is nothing more hilarious than an error which is no longer editable.

  46. Apostrophe on May 3rd, 2012
  47. This tattoo is wrong, it’s just supposed to be simply Illinois’ Finest point blank

  48. chitown on June 11th, 2012
  49. Al on September 1st, 2012

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