21 jun

Dr Grammar | Apostrophes

We use apostrophes (‘) for 2 main reasons:

1. missing letters
To show that letters are missing, e.g isn’t = is not, doesn’t = does not, I’d = I would / I had ,it’s = it is

2. possessives
To show possession. Note the position of the apostrophe is determined by the noun:

singular noun + ‘s          my son’s IPad
plural noun + s’              my parents’ IPad
irregular plural + ‘s       women’s clothing

You will sometimes see an apostrophe added to a singular noun ending ‘s, especially classical names e.g Jesus’ disciples, but Jesus’s disciples is also correct. Apostrophe + s is more common e.g. Lar’s dog bit me

We do not use apostrophes (‘) with possessive determiners: my, your, his, her its, our and their, or pronouns. e.g I, she, they, mine, hers, theirs etc.

You will see apostrophes used in other situations, e.g the 1990’s but you can also write 1990s, this is a question of style and usage.

Now try the following quiz to see how well you can use apostrophes. Good luck

Apostrophes Quiz 1 | The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

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