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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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Apostrophes guided notes

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)

  • People PEOPLE

  • Lion LIONS

    • Foot FEET

    • Child CHILDREN

    • Man MEN

    • Leaf LEAVES

    • Book BOOKS

    • Box BOXES


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)

    • People PEOPLE’S vote

    • LionLION’S tail

    • FootFOOT’S big toe

    • ChildCHILD’S toy

    • ManMAN’S hand

    • LeafLEAF’S color

    • BookBOOK’S cover

    • Box BOX’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)

    People PEOPLE PEOPLE’S votes

    Lion LIONS LIONS’ tails

    Foot FEET FEET’S big toes

    Child CHILDREN CHILDREN’S toys

    Man MEN MEN’S hands

    Leaf LEAVES LEAVES’ colors

    Book BOOKS BOOKS’ covers

    Box BOXES BOXES’ lids


    11. The same rules apply for HYPHENATED nouns.

    12. EXAMPLES:

    (SING POS) (PLU) (PLU POS)

    FATHER-IN-LAW’S FATHERS-IN-LAW FATHERS-IN-LAW’S

    EDITOR-IN-CHIEF’S EDITORS-IN-CHIEF EDITORS-IN-CHIEF’S

    NOTARY-PUBLIC’S NOTARIES-PUBLIC NOTARIES-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’S CHARLES’

    RAY’S JESUS’

    BESSIE’S WILLIAMS’


    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



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