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Grammar Tips: Avoiding the Apostrophe Catastrophe

13 May

An apostrophe (‘) is a piece of punctuation used in two different ways: to indicate the removal of a letter, or to illustrate possession. Some basic apostrophe rules:

  • Do use an apostrophe to indicate possesion.
    • For example: That is John’s book
  • Do use an apostrophe to form a contraction.
    • For example: We can’t find the gym.
  • Do use an apostrophe to form the contraction “it’s”, but only if you are intending to say “it is”.
    • For example: It’s going to rain soon.
  • Do use an apostrophe with a possessive name ending in s.
    • For example: Charles’ cat.
  • Do not use an apostrophe to show something is plural.
    •  For example: The kittens were cute.
  • Do use an apostrope to show a single letter word is plural.
    • For example: There are two t’s in kitten.

Want to avoid the Apostrophe Catastrophe? Click above to watch a helpful video!

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