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Apostrophes

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Sabrina Di Marzio

on 15 May 2013

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Transcript of Apostrophes

What are apostrophes used for?
Show contractions
Create possessives
Create some plural forms Apostrophes (') Possession/Ownership Use apostrophes to show possession or ownership
Place the apostrophe before the "s" to show singular possession
Examples:
The boy's hat.
The bee's knees. Possession/Ownership To show plural possession, make the noun plural first. Then immediately use the apostrophe
No additional "s" is needed after the apostrophe, because the plural noun already ends in an "s"
Examples:
Those students' excuses are unbelievable.
My sisters' friends are loud. Plural Names Do not use an apostrophe for the plural of a name
Examples:
The Smiths have a dog.
We visited the Scotts the other day. Plural Names Use the apostrophe and "s" after the second name. Only if two people possess the same item
Examples:
Matt and Mark's drum set.
Chandler and Monica's apartment. Possessive Pronouns Never use an apostrophe with possessive pronouns. They already show possession.
Possessive pronouns: his, hers, its, ours, yours, whose
Examples:
This book is hers, not yours.
His mom called whose brother? Letters and Numbers The plurals for capital letters and numbers used as nouns are not formed with apostrophes
Examples:
ABCs
1990s Letters and Numbers Exception: Use apostrophes with capital letters and numbers when the meaning would be unclear other wise
Example:
Ted could not distinguish between his 6's and 0's. Contractions Use an apostrophe with contractions
The apostrophe is always placed at the spot where the letter(s) has been removed
Examples:
Don't
I'm
You're Works Cited “Apostrophes: Lesson plans and activities.” Web English Teacher. 2000-2013. Web. 1 May 2013. <http://www.webenglishteacher.com/apostrophes.html>

Lab, The Writing and The OWL at Purdue “Exercise: Apostrophes.” OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab. 1995-2013. Web. 2 May 2013. <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/exercises/3/3/10/>

Lorcher, Trent. “The Tragedy of Misused Apostrophes.” Bright Hub Education. 30 Oct. 2012. Web. 2 May 2013. <http://www.brighthubeducation.com/middle-school-english-lessons/20213-apostrophe-use-and-rules/>

Straus, Jane. “Apostrophes.” Grammar Book. 2012. Web. 30 Apr. 2013.<http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/apostro.asp>
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