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By: Christina Dionne Molly Fehsenfeld. Apostrophes. A writer’s Reference, sixth edition pages 279-282 P5 a-e. Use an apostrophe to indicate that a noun is possessive. When to add an ‘s When the noun doesn’t end in an s Jack's locker was open.

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By christina dionne molly fehsenfeld

By:

Christina Dionne

Molly Fehsenfeld

Apostrophes

A writer’s Reference, sixth edition

pages 279-282 P5 a-e


Use an apostrophe to indicate that a noun is possessive
Use an apostrophe to indicate that a noun is possessive

  • When to add an ‘s

    • When the noun doesn’t end in an s

      • Jack's locker was open.

      • The cat’s ball went under my chair.

  • When noun is singular and ends in s or s sound

    • Thomas’s game was cancelled.

      • Thomas’ game was cancelled.


  • Adding only an apostrophe

    • Noun that is plural ends in an s

      • My teammates’ bags were left on the bus.

  • Joint possession

    • My cat and dog’s food went missing.

    • My cat’s and dog’s food went missing.


Use an apostrophe and s to indicate that an indefinite pronoun is possessive
Use an apostrophe and s to indicate that an indefinite pronoun is possessive

  • Not specific to just one thing

    • Someone’s hat flew over my head.


Use an apostrophe to mark contractions
Use an apostrophe to mark contractions pronoun is possessive

  • Marks contractions

    • Can not

      • Can’t

    • 1970

      • ‘70s


Optional in plural numbers letters abbreviations
Optional in plural numbers, letters, abbreviations pronoun is possessive

  • Omit ‘ in plural numbers

    • I skated two figure 8s.

    • I drew 3 Ms (m’s) on my notebook.

  • Avoid in plural abbreviations

    • IOUs


Do not use
Do Not Use pronoun is possessive

  • if noun is not possessive

    • My teammates are going to the game.

  • If it’s a possessive pronoun

    • Its

    • Whose

    • His/hers

    • Ours

    • Yours

    • Theirs

The beach bum has his own surf board.


That s all folks
That’s all folks pronoun is possessive


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