Where and How to use Apostrophes ( ‘s )

By | June 12, 2016
Common Error related to Apostrophes

*Apostrophes indicate possession – something belonging to something or someone else.

*To indicate something belonging to one person, the apostrophe goes before the ‘s’. For instance, “The girl’s horse.”

*To indicate something belonging to more than one person, put the apostrophe after the ‘s’. For example, “The girls’ horse.”

*Apostrophes are also used to indicate a contracted word. For example, “don’t” uses an apostrophe to indicate that the word is missing the “o” from “do not”.

*Apostrophes are never used to make a word plural, even when a word is in number form, as in a date.

The horse’s are in the field
Pen’s for sale
In the 1980’s
Janes horse is over there
The girls dresses are ready for them to collect

The horses are in the field
Pens for sale
In the 1980s
We didn’t want to do it
Jane’s horse is over there
The girls’ dresses are ready for them to collect

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