How to use an apostrophe in English: Apostrophe rules and apostrophe examples
Apostrophes are one of the most misused features of punctuation in the English language. In this post, we’ll look at a variety of apostrophe examples and apostrophe rules.
We use apostrophe before s to show contractions.
- He‘s my best friend. (He is my friend.)
- It‘s an interesting book. (It is an interesting book.)
- It‘s twelve o‘clock. (of the clock)
- She‘s been working for this multinational company for about ten years. (She has been working…)
- We‘ve done all our tasks. (We have done all our tasks.)
- I‘ve got a lot of things to do this afternoon. (I have got a lot of things to do this afternoon.)
- I don‘t like tea. ( I do not like tea.)
The mark ( ’ ) is used before the letter s to show the plural of a letter or number
- There are two m‘s in the word ‘community’.
- The word ‘pretty’ contains two t‘s.
- How many two‘s are there in 6?
Possessive apostrophe rules: Apostrophe before s and apostrophe after s
The use of apostrophe before s also shows singular possession
- This is Robert‘s car. The car‘s color is black.
- My father‘s name is Philip.
- Our teacher‘s accent is American.
- The school‘s principal is very helpful.
We use possessive apostrophe after s to show plural possession
- The students‘ grades were excellent.
- My friends‘ parents are engineers.
- My kids‘ names are Amy and Sandy.
For irregular plurals that do not end in s, we add s after the apostrophe.
- Children‘s stories
- The mice‘s nest
- The people‘s demands
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