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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.
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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
  • Marks contractions
    • Can not
      • Can’t
    • 1970
      • ‘70s
optional in plural numbers letters abbreviations
Optional in plural numbers, letters, abbreviations
  • 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
  • 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.

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