The apostrophe

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The apostrophe

  1. 1. The Apostrophe <br />
  2. 2. For such a tiny piece of punctuation, a misused apostrophe has great power to irritate and confuse.<br />(Think fingers on a chalkboard for English teachers…)<br />Misused Apostrophes<br />
  3. 3. 1. Contraction<br />2. Possession<br />2 Uses of an Apostrophe<br />
  4. 4. Combining two words into one<br />I am -------- I’m<br />They are --------- They’re<br />Contractions are fine in speech, but they should be avoided in formal writing.<br />For writing in this course, please do not use contractions in your work.<br />Contraction<br />
  5. 5. Add ‘s to the word that indicates the owner.<br />If the resulting word ends in a double or triple s, delete the last s, and leave the apostrophe.<br />Ex) Debbie’s books<br />Ex) My boss’s books ----Keep the ‘s when it represents a sound that is pronounced<br />Ex) The students’s books------The students’ books<br />Possession<br />
  6. 6. Putting the apostrophe in the wrong place can change the meaning of the sentence.<br />Ex) The teacher’s office means that there is one teacher with an office.<br />The teachers’ office means that multiple teachers share an office.<br />The teachers’s office is just plain wrong!<br />Apostrophe Problems<br />
  7. 7. Plurals<br />Never make a word plural by adding an apostrophe. Apostrophes are for possession and contractions ONLY.<br />Ex) Apostrophe’s have simple rules.<br />WRONG!!!<br />
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  12. 12. A Bit of Practice<br />1. It’s nobodys business.<br />2. I really like that guitars sound.<br />3. Mikes’ feelings were hurt.<br />4. The Smiths’ house was sold yesterday.<br />5. My boss’s tie is ugly.<br />6. I do not like apostrophes.<br />

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