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Apostrophes Guided Notes. Mr. Watts. 1 . APOSTROPHES show where LETTERS have been deleted from a word, or APOSTROPHES show POSSESSION or OWNERSHIP. 2. Use an APOSTROPHE in a CONTRACTION to show where LETTERS have been DELETED. 3. EXAMPLES: (Contractions) can + not = CAN’T

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ApostrophesGuided Notes

Mr. Watts


1. APOSTROPHES show where LETTERS have been deleted from a word, or APOSTROPHES show POSSESSION or OWNERSHIP.


2. Use an APOSTROPHE in a CONTRACTION to show where LETTERS have been DELETED.

3. EXAMPLES: (Contractions)

can + not = CAN’T

do + not = DON’T

had + not = HADN’T

would + not = WOULDN’T

should + not = SHOULDN’Tdid + not = DIDN’T


4. Nouns can be singular or plural. A SINGULAR noun refers to only ONE person, place, thing, or idea. A PLURAL noun refers to more than one person, place, thing, or idea.


  • 5. EXAMPLES:

  • (SINGULAR)(PLURAL)

  • PeoplePEOPLE

  • LionLIONS

    • FootFEET

    • ChildCHILDREN

    • ManMEN

    • LeafLEAVES

    • BookBOOKS

    • BoxBOXES


6. Use an apostrophe to make NOUNS show POSSESSION or OWNERSHIP.

7. To make a SINGULAR noun possessive, add an APOSTROPHE and an “S”.

NOTE: The APOSTROPHE always goes BEFORE the “s.”


  • 8. EXAMPLES:

  • (SINGULAR)(SINGULAR POSSESSIVE)

    • PeoplePEOPLE’S vote

    • LionLION’S tail

    • FootFOOT’S big toe

    • ChildCHILD’S toy

    • ManMAN’S hand

    • LeafLEAF’S color

    • BookBOOK’S cover

    • BoxBOX’S lid

  • .


  • 9. To make a PLURAL noun possessive, add an APOSTROPHE and an “S,” UNLESS the plural noun already ends in an “S.”

    In that case, PLACE THE APOSTROPHE after the “S.”


    10. EXAMPLES:

    (SINGULAR)(PLURAL) (PLURAL POSSESSIVE)

    PeoplePEOPLE PEOPLE’S votes

    LionLIONS LIONS’ tails

    FootFEET FEET’S big toes

    ChildCHILDREN CHILDREN’S toys

    ManMEN MEN’S hands

    LeafLEAVES LEAVES’ colors

    BookBOOKS BOOKS’ covers

    BoxBOXES BOXES’ lids


    11. The same rules apply for HYPHENATED nouns.

    12. EXAMPLES:

    (SING POS)(PLU)(PLU POS)

    FATHER-IN-LAW’SFATHERS-IN-LAWFATHERS-IN-LAW’S

    EDITOR-IN-CHIEF’SEDITORS-IN-CHIEFEDITORS-IN-CHIEF’S

    NOTARY-PUBLIC’SNOTARIES-PUBLICNOTARIES-PUBLIC’S


    13. When making a NAME possessive, add an APOSTROPHE and an “S,” unless the name already ends in an “S.” Then, simply add an APOSTROPHE.

    14. EXAMPLES:

    (POSSESSIVE)(POSSESSIVE)

    STEPHEN’SCHARLES’

    RAY’SJESUS’

    BESSIE’SWILLIAMS’


    15. If a COMPOUND noun shows possession, only use an APOSTROPHE with the LAST noun.

    16. EXAMPLES:(POSSESSIVE)

    Mom and DAD’S cat

    Julia and XAVIER’S house

    Hugo and SHAYLA’S school


    Easy, wasn’t it?


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