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    Apostrophe help

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by rosieaa, Nov 13, 2012.

    Should there be any apostrophe after "readings"?

    I am working on the last two pages of a document which has required attention to the difficult readings structure.
     
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    What are you trying to say with that sentence? It isn't at all clear to me.

    Because of the confused syntax, I can't answer your question.
     
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    Thanks for replying. It's not my work - I am just proofreading someone else's work. They don't want the words changed. You can't suggest whether an apostrophe is needed?
     
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    Well, as the proofreader, perhaps you should tell them that unless they change the words, it doesn't make sense. It is not a choice - it is either use the English language properly, or have no one understand you.

    "A reading" is, to my mind anyway, when you read things out loud from a printed format. I have no idea what kind of structure the sentence is referring to - sentence structure, structure of the content, structure of what? There's no such thing as a "reading structure" - and you cannot pay attention to "a reading's structure", more likely you're listening out for rhythm and content. But from the sentence, I'm guessing it is not really a reading but just a block of text. The whole sentence is wrong.

    Either change the wording, or tell them that they will have an incomprehensible sentence.
     
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    Then I'll make the necessary edits.
     
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