Transaction Information Page - Apostrophe Usage


(James) #1

In the transaction page for incoming and outgoing transfers there’s the History section about payments between accounts, and for the 'Total that [X]‘s sent you’ Monzo uses an apostrophe before the ‘s’ instead of the word has, as below.

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Whilst grammatically it makes sense, and is probably how most people say it, for names ending with s (like mine…) it reads slightly strangely, at least in my head, so personally I’d prefer it used has.

I don’t know what other people think? Am I just overthinking! :thinking: Just a small thing really, but every time I see it it makes me stop for a second as it doesn’t quite feel right seeing it.

Apologies if this would be better in another thread, it didn’t seem to quite fit in any that appeared when I searched, Leaders feel free to merge if necessary!


#2

Overthinking, sorry

stupid 20 chars


(Allie) #3

I agree, that whilst grammatically correct, it looks awkward for names ending in s. However, for names that don’t end in s, I like the less formal tone. It’d be trivial to detect names ending in ‘s’ and change the output used. It’d be even cooler to give people the option through a set of nerds flags :smiley:


#4

It could just say James sent you or Fred sent you as in reality ‘has’ is superfluous


#5

Looking on the bright side at least it is still readable and not written in emojis :wink:


(Allie) #6

I think the has makes it unambiguously past tense, and thus inclusive of all previous payments.


#7

from the screen print it is historic and in this example was for 2 transactions one way and however many the other


(James) #8

In this case it was actually no payments the other way, but even in the case where it had multiple payments it shows up the same. I think I would agree with @Merkitten that the ‘has’ makes it more inclusive of all previous payments but I see your point, that could be a solution.

That sounds like a good plan, I think the less formal tone works well for Monzo, and it looks fine for all the payments for people without names ending in ‘s’ :smiley:


(Richard Bairwell) #9

Could just change it to “Payments from: James” and “Total you have sent to James”, “Total sent from James”.

Slightly less friendly but less worry about “edge cases” (can receiver/sender names actually have apostrophes in them?)