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Oct 22 2008   7:52PM GMT

Writing for Business – our / our’s



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
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our / our's
piggybank.jpg Which is correct?

After they had exhausted their department’s contingency budget, they wanted to tap into ______.
a. our’s
b. ours

Answer: b

Explanation:  Our’s is not a word.  (If it was a word, it would be a contraction that meant “our is.”)

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  • Kaco
    are you sure? if it were Madonna's, it would not be 'Madonna is' it woud indicate it 'belonged' to Madonna
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  • Tpm
    Of course they are sure. The word "our" incorporates the possessive, whereas Madonna does not - it's just a name. And of course they're right, "our's" is not a word. Makes me wonder about what's been happening in American schools over the past few decades; apparently English is no longer taught.
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  • Foneman1
    Just curious to see how many others caught this. In your explanation, you incorrectly used the phrase "If it was a word..." Since this is a subjunctive clause. it should read "If it were a word..." ;-)
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