Generally, I’m not that picky about stuff. As a writer, I often break grammatical rules in dialog for instance. But generally, I see several errors made repeatedly and they drive me up a tree. I am by no means a grammar goddess. I make mistakes all the time (hello, queen of the comma splice here) but I want to improve them!
An apostrophe means two things: Possessive, as in, “Susan’s coat was red” here the apostrophe denotes the coat in the sentence belongs to Susan.
Or it marks a contraction. That is to say, the merging of two words: “It’s raining today” Here the apostrophe splices the word it and the word is.
YOU DO NOT NEED AN APOSTROPHE IF THE WORD IS PLURAL UNLESS THE WORD IS PLURAL POSSESSIVE!!!
This drives me nuts and I see it all the time. “The ducks on the lake looked happy.” You see? It is not “The duck’s on the lake looked happy.” or I’d be saying, “the duck’s what? Their bills? Their feathers? Their mothers? What?”
Irregardless IS NOT A WORD. The word is regardless.
Your – indicates possession – “Your hair looks nice.”
You’re is a contraction of the words you and are – “You’re smiling a lot today!”
I’ve seen these errors countless times in books and also used by writers all over the place. If it’s in IM, I don’t care. Heck, I usually have a kid on my lap when I’m online. But it’s inexcusable in a book or on your website. If you see any errors like this on my website PLEASE email me so I can fix it. I think I need chocolate now.