Spotting Signs That Need Help

When driving around town, I look at signs. The image posted shows one I see weekly, and its mistakes jump out every time. Let's take a look at it.

First, let's look at spelling, The Canadian Press Caps and Spelling book lists homemade as one word. An other acceptable correction would be to use a hyphen.

Next, we need to see if the apostrophe is needed. To decide, read the sentence without the contraction, as in this example: Homemade food at it is best. The sentence doesn't makes sense, which tells us that we don't need the apostrophe.

So, the corrected sign will read: Homemade food at its best.

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By Marie Antaya, CTDP

Author of The Eclectic Writing Series.