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What are apostrophes?Apostrophes do the following: They show ownership: Hayden’s dog, Lisa’s purse They show that a letter (or letters) have been left out of two words that have been joined: I + am = I’m; that + is = that’s, etc. They make letters and numbers plural: The size 10’s are all gone. They form possessives of time nouns: This year’s TV shows are worse than ever.
Add –’s to a singular noun to show ownership, even if the noun already ends in –s: Bill’s house, Chris’s car If a noun is plural and ends in –s, just add an apostrophe to show ownership. If it is plural but does not end in –s, add –’s: the girls’ shoes (more than one girl), the children’s clothes
Do not use an apostrophe to form the plural of a noun.INCORRECT The player’s huddled.CORRECT The players huddled. Do not use an apostrophe with a possessive pronoun (like your, yours, ours).INCORRECT I like your yard better than our’s.CORRECT I like your yard better than ours.
When writing a contraction, put an apostrophe where the letters have been left out, not between two words:INCORRECT does’ntCORRECT doesn’t