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I don't think this is grammatically wrong. McDonald's is short for McDonald's hamburgers, which is a possessive use of an apostrophe and not a plural use. That would be the same as someone talking about Dave’s car and simply saying “It’s Dave’s” when talking about his car.
Whoops, missed the "it's."
Although some disagree with us grammar sticklers, I don't think you're nit-picking when you point out this error. I've seen our local newspaper slowly deteriorate over the years, and now these mistakes are common. As the number and scope of grammatical errors have increased, the news has become more difficult to read and comprehend. There have been a few news items that made no sense at all due to the errors.Where do we draw the line between what is acceptable and what isn't?
How's this, from an article in today's (on-line) New York Times:“This is what happens when you are up against a very sophisticated multimillion-dollar campaign,” said Representative Brad Sherman, Democrat of California, who chided the Turkish government. “Since when it has become fashionable for friends to threaten friends.”My highlight. Hopefully Rep. Sherman (D) doesn't really speak or write that way.....
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Dr. Mark J. Perry is a professor of economics and finance in the School of Management at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan.
Perry holds two graduate degrees in economics (M.A. and Ph.D.) from George Mason University near Washington, D.C. In addition, he holds an MBA degree in finance from the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In addition to a faculty appointment at the University of Michigan-Flint, Perry is also a visiting scholar at The American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
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