LETTER: Briefly

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The Independent Online
NICHOLAS Walter (Letters, 3 September) says we don't need apostrophes as meanings are clear without them. Like this, perhaps? "His daughters exam results were satisfactory but his sons were not." Apostrophes would tell us if he had one daughter or more and one son or more. And the last five words could mean that his sons themselves were unsatisfactory. Furthermore, without apostrophes, "she'd" becomes "shed" and "we'd" becomes "wed"!

Len Clarke.

Uxbridge, Middlesex