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The Amazing Apostrophe!

A 2nd grade introduction to the appropriate use of the apostrophe.
by

Carol Slatt

on 14 April 2011

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Transcript of The Amazing Apostrophe!

APOSTROPHE
What is it? What is it used for? How do you know when to use it? Prepare yourself...

you are about to find out! Don't worry...
you don't have to know how to spell it!!! Just how to use it
PROPERLY!!! This is what it looks like.
Cute, huh? Yes, it sort of looks like a comma but there is a
BIG
difference. It is small but it is important. Here comes an example of an apostrophe that is showing possession. It can also be used in a contraction. But that is a whole other Prezi!!! This is a dog's chew toy. The apostrophe shows that the chew toy belongs to the dog. Or you could say the dog owns the chew toy. So we use the apostrophe after the dog. Some people fall in love with the apostrophe and want to use it every time they use an 's' at the end of a word. That is a BIG NO-
NO! How about if we try a few together? Reword these sentences. (Notice: sentences does NOT use an apostrophe
because it does not own anything.
It is just plural.) Plural is just a fancy word that means more than one. Reword this sentence. This toy mouse belongs to the cat. This is the cat's toy mouse. This car belongs to my mom. This is my mom's car. This pencil belongs to the teacher. This is the teacher's pencil. So, in review... Use an apostrophe to show possession. You should NOT use an apostrophe just because a word ends with the letter 's'.
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