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Post by Admin on Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:36 pm

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1. Use an apostrophe in possessive forms:

  • the ball of the boy the boy's ball
  • Tara's sister
  • my friend's mother
  • New York's nightmare scenario
  • the moon's phases

2. Use an apostrophe in contracted forms (the apostrophe shows that letters have been left out):

  • cannot can't
  • they have they've
  • I would (or I had) I'd
  • it is (or it has) it's
  • who is who's

Certain words are sometimes written with an apostrophe (to show that they are really a shortened form of the original, longer word):

  • influenza 'flu (or flu)
  • telephone 'phone (or phone)

Some people use an apostrophe when the first two figures of a year are left out:

  • 1948 '48

3. You can use an apostrophe to show the plural of letters and numbers:

  • You should dot your i's and cross your t's.
  • Do you like music from the 1950's?

You can use an apostrophe to show a plural form for words that are not normally plural:

  • Your plan is good, even if there are lots of but's in it.

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