Plural vs. Possessive

Understanding the difference between plural and possessive is a recurring problem.

First, you can tell this example is from my home state of New Jersey, not Michigan, for once. On our most recent visit, we were looking for a quick lunch, so we drove to the nearest strip mall and looked for a pizza parlor.

As I’ve repeatedly explained to my kids, you can tell a New Jersey strip mall is good if it has at least these three things: a nail salon, a bagel place, and a pizza joint. This one fit the bill! In most pizza parlors in New Jersey, you can get a lot more than pizza. My mouth waters just thinking about it.

Reading this sign, you get the feeling the proprietors understand plural. Then you get to Business’. This is singular possessive. The correct word here should be Businesses.

Come on, Jersey. You can do better.

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