posted on Sep 12, 2011, 11 pm

My Comments:

psudonym, Sep 14, 2011, 04 am

Fixed for grammar. I could "sense" something was wrong but still thought I was right. Ah well.

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ExSxT (Guest), Sep 12, 2011, 11 pm

I saw the title on Tumblr.
Garfield tribute?

Gunwild (Guest), Sep 13, 2011, 01 am

Isn't it "How do an octopus's tentacles work?"

'Cause the tentacles are plural, but the octopus is singular so you still put an apostrophe and an s when referring to something that belongs to it, and...

... never mind, it's so not important. The sleeping kitty is cute and his whiskers remind me of Lynx. I guess if it's Garfield he's not active enough to present any danger to a healthy duck of the world. But he also probably doesn't know much about octopi that aren't breaded and fried.

Guest, Sep 13, 2011, 09 am

According to The Elements of Style by Strunk and White, the correct usage in the case of singular words that aren't proper nouns but end in S is to do the 's thing. So bus' is never correct because it's not plural but cats' could be correct if you were talking about stuff that belonged to a bunch of cats.

Fu!, Sep 13, 2011, 01 pm

Nonetheless, it should be "How do an octopus' tentacles work?"

"Does" needs to be "do," because the subject is "tentacles." He's asking "How do tentacles work?" not "How does an octopus work?"

Tezcacoatl, Sep 13, 2011, 04 pm

Do ducks even need proper grammar? I think it's kind of cute.

Guest, Sep 13, 2011, 05 pm

It is indeed cute. But it should be octopus's is my point, because "an octopus" is singular.

auldDarkside (Guest), Sep 13, 2011, 05 pm

Strunk and White is not the definitive guide to grammar. While it once was grammatical structure has changed in a multitude of ways since it was published. Furthermore, tezcacoatl is totally right. Ducks definitely do not need grammar.

neko-sama, Sep 13, 2011, 06 pm

Your next question should be "Why do people who leave comments suddenly care so much about grammar?" XD

longyear (Guest), Sep 13, 2011, 07 pm

"how do the tentacles of octopuses work?"

Captain LeBubbles, Sep 14, 2011, 08 am

Course, now you have the incorrect plural form of octopus... */bricked*

Gunwild (Guest), Sep 14, 2011, 09 am

I must disagree: octopuses apeears in the Merriam-Webster dictionary also. Psu is no fool.

Always thought octopi sounded delicious though. Octo-pie. It's like eight kinds of pie in one.

Guest, Sep 14, 2011, 01 pm

"how do the tentacles of octupi work?'



Sami (Guest), Sep 15, 2011, 10 am

Technically, the plural of octo- or platy- pus is octo- or platy- podes.

General.Hankins, Oct 02, 2011, 10 pm

They are the work of the devil, I work on a commercial Fishing vessel, and my dad Likes to uses them for bait, a 40 pound octopus can "cling" to the deck with 3 strong men trying to lift it off the ground, they are immensely powerful.

Zereth (Guest), Jul 22, 2012, 02 pm


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