Writing Tip #2: The Amazing Apostrophe!

The Apostrophe has two main jobs in the world of grammar:

1.  To indicate possession or ownership.

Examples:  The man’s car was parked next to a fire hydrant.

         The teachers’ desks needed to be dusted.

 

2. To indicate a contraction (in other words, to show where a letter has been removed).

Examples:   The students wouldn’t believe that the buses had been cancelled.    

                      (the apostrophe is placed where the missing “o” normally would be placed)

                       It’s easy to see why Bayside is the best high school.  

                      (the apostrophe is placed where the missing “i” normally would be placed)

An exception to the rule:

Because it’s  is a short form of it is,  when ownership needs to be demonstrated for a noun such as a creature, an apostrophe is not used.

Example:  It’s a proven fact that a cat will lick its paws as part of its grooming routine. 

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