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THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE
The apostrophe has only a handful of
uses, but these uses are very
important. A misplaced apostrophe...
THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE
The apostrophe is used to create
possessive forms for singular and
plural nouns, especially nouns
re...
THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE
When a noun already ends in “s,” you
can decide whether or not to use
another “s” after the apostrop...
THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE
To form the possessive of an inanimate
object, we’re usually better off using an
“of phrase,” but th...
THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE
To form the possessive of a plural noun, we
pluralize first and then add the apostrophe.

The Kenned...
THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE
A contraction allows us to blend sounds by
omitting letters from a verb construction. The
apostrophe...
THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE
More contraction examples:
Let us go. = Let’s go.
Who is there? = Who’s there?
It is Dierdre. = It’s...
THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE
The apostrophe is also used to form the
plural of digits and letters . . .
The word Mississippi has ...
THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE
The mighty apostrophe doesn’t mind
being used, but it wants to be used
wisely.
Use it well and it wi...
This PowerPoint presentation was created by
Charles Darling, PhD
Professor of English and Webmaster
Capital Community Coll...
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Apostrophe

  1. 1. THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE The apostrophe has only a handful of uses, but these uses are very important. A misplaced apostrophe can be annoying — not to mention lonely. The apostrophe is used: 1. to create possessives 2. to show contractions 3. to create some plural forms © Capital Community College
  2. 2. THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE The apostrophe is used to create possessive forms for singular and plural nouns, especially nouns referring to people. the mayor’s car, my father’s moustache Pedrito’s sister, Joe Kennedy’s habits © Capital Community College
  3. 3. THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE When a noun already ends in “s,” you can decide whether or not to use another “s” after the apostrophe. Charles’s car OR Charles’ car With multisyllabic words, don’t add another “s” after the apostrophe. Dumas’ second novel, Jesus’ birth, Socrates’ ideas, Illinois’ legislature © Capital Community College
  4. 4. THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE To form the possessive of an inanimate object, we’re usually better off using an “of phrase,” but the apostrophe possessive is not impossible, especially with expressions of time and in personifications. The roar of the greasepaint, the smell of the crowd a year’s salary, my heart’s desire, your dollar’s worth, the paper’s conclusion © Capital Community College
  5. 5. THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE To form the possessive of a plural noun, we pluralize first and then add the apostrophe. The Kennedys’ house The children’s playhouse The travelers’ expectations Notice that with an irregular plural, the apostrophe will come before the “s.” © Capital Community College
  6. 6. THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE A contraction allows us to blend sounds by omitting letters from a verb construction. The apostrophe shows where something is left out. I am a student here = I’m a student here. I have been working on the railroad. = I’ve been working on the railroad. They could have been great together. = They could’ve been great together. © Capital Community College
  7. 7. THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE More contraction examples: Let us go. = Let’s go. Who is there? = Who’s there? It is Dierdre. = It’s Dierdre. REMINDER: It’s is a contraction for “it is”; the possessive of it = its (no apostrophe). © Capital Community College
  8. 8. THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE The apostrophe is also used to form the plural of digits and letters . . . The word Mississippi has four s’s. She got three A’s and two B’s last semester. She dotted all her i’s very carefully. . . . and to indicate omission of a number in a date: summer of ’99; class of ’38 © Capital Community College
  9. 9. THE MIGHTY APOSTROPHE The mighty apostrophe doesn’t mind being used, but it wants to be used wisely. Use it well and it will be there whenever you need it! You can now review the apostrophe and the other marks of punctuation in the Guide to Grammar and Writing. © Capital Community College
  10. 10. This PowerPoint presentation was created by Charles Darling, PhD Professor of English and Webmaster Capital Community College Hartford, Connecticut copyright November 1999 © Capital Community College

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