Quick Grammar Lesson: Apostrophe ( ‘s )

The apostrophe s (‘s) serves two functions:

 

1. As contraction – to indicate one or more letters was dropped.

• it is = it’s

• they are = they’re

• would have = would’ve

 

2. To indicate possession (ownership)

Just add ‘s at the end of a singular noun:

• grandma’s house (grandma owns the house)

• my sister’s school bag (my sister posses the school bag)

• Liza’s car (Liza owns a car)

• Charles’s apartment (Charles owns an apartment) – pronounced: Charleses

 

Only add (just the apostrophe symbol) to a plural noun:

• my brothers’ books

• my parents’ permission

• the dogs’ pups

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