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Grammar, Punctuation, and Style
2.8 Punctuation - Apostrophe (')

RULES FOR APOSTROPHE USAGE:

  • To form the possessive case of a singular noun, add an apostrophe and an s.
    Examples: Bob's car, Mike's pen, Sally's party, Ken's bike

  • If the addition of an "s" produces an awkward sound, add only the apostrophe. Usually, this is when there is already a double "s" sound.
    Examples: Moses'; for old times' sake; for goodness' sake.

  • To form the possessive case of a plural noun, add an apostrophe after the s.
    Example: girls' teams.

  • If the plural form of the word does not end in s, add an apostrophe and an s.
    Example: women's team.

  • Use an apostrophe to show where letters have been omitted in a contraction.
    Examples:
    can't = cannot;
    it's = it is;

    Note that it's is different from its - it's is a contraction for "it is" and its is a possessive pronoun meaning "belonging to it".

  • An apostrophe is also used to show that one or more letters or numbers have been left out of numerals or words.
    Examples:
    class of '99 (19 is left out)
    goin' there (g is left out)

  • Don't use apostrophes for possessive pronouns or for noun plurals.
    Apostrophes should not be used with possessive pronouns because possessive pronouns already show possession -- they don't need an apostrophe. His, her, its, my, yours, ours are all possessive pronouns.
    Examples:
    wrong: his' book
    correct: his book
    wrong: The group made it's decision.
    correct: The group made its decision.

Directions: Choose if each sentence is punctuated correctly or incorrectly. On a sheet of paper, rewrite each of the apostrophe usage rules give above and also write your own example sentences for each rule. As a homework, read a book and find and write at least ten sentences containing apostrophes.

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Grammar, Punctuation, and Style
2.8 Punctuation - Apostrophe (')

Q 1: The group made its decision.
correct
incorrect

Q 2: She waited for three hours' to get her ticket.
incorrect
correct

Q 3: Its time for breakfast.
correct
incorrect

Q 4: It's been raining all day.
correct
incorrect

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