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Apostrophe Rules

This a presentation I did for my senior speech and writing class wherein I teach them the rules relating to apostrophes.
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Isaiah Thompson

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of Apostrophe Rules

Use an apostrophe in words where letters have been omitted; a common form is contractions. Contraction: When two words become one through the loss of letters and addition of a comma. have + not = haven't they + are = they're The
Apostrophe Another example is when people use short hand to write dates. You can also replace letters with apostrophes when you are trying to replicate how words ate spoken. 1995 = '95 2003 = '03 "What a great mornin' for goin' to town, ay laddie buck?", said Finnigan. by
Isaiah Thompson An apostrophe can also be used to form the plural of a letter, a number, a sign, or a word discussed as a word. Sally wanted all A's in her class. People are excited to see !'s in writing! 99's are unexceptable. The what if's of life can drive you crazy. Side Note: When two apostrophes are called for in the same word, omit the second one. '91s are the best kind of Cavalier. Can'ts will not be accepted. ( Can't's ) ( '91's ) Apostrophes used for possessives. For singular possessive nouns just add 's. The cat's ball of yarn ensnared the pursuing dog's paws. For possessives in a series, only use the apostrophe for the last item. Kevin, Bethany, and Megan's chatter never stops. For plural possessives ending in s, you will only add an apostrophe. The hanging lights' dim glow strained the workers' eyes as they toiled. If a singular noun ends with a s or z sound, then you can add just an apostrophe, unless it only has one syllable, then it will still have an 's. The bass's struggle upstream ended badly. In compound possessive nouns, the apostrophe is applied to the last word The man in charge's decision is final. The possessive form of indefinite pronouns have an 's at the end. Everyone's opinion
Silas' catch was delicious. Some father-in-laws' shotguns are kept handy as a constant reminder. Someone's sandwich Something's odor Interesting Aside: In writing, an apostrophe is not only a punctuation mark, but also a literary device. Used to describe the asking of question to an object, idea, or deceased that won't answer back. Death, how could you? Where are you sneaky little car keys hiding? Why would you die on us Bill? It's Taco Tuesday. That's All Folks!
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