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Don't Add Anything
Do not add apostrophes to pronouns that already show possession.
Whose jacket is this?
It might be his or hers.
2. Showing Omission of Letters or Numbers
To omit means to leave something out. Contractions are shortened forms of combined words. When we smoosh the words together, we leave out some of the original letters, and we use apostrophes to show where the letters are taken out.
Many contractions contain a helping verb plus the word not. When you diagram these contractions, you must split the words up so that the helping verb goes in the verb slot and the word not goes in an adverb slot. Not answers one of the adverb questions. (To what extent?) You can write either n't or not.
He didn't write his name on his paper.
3. Forming Strange Plurals
We always use these to show plurals of lowercase letters.
Dot your i's and cross your t's.
Some style guides suggest them to form plurals in other strange situations.
Pluralizing certain words used as nouns (if's, yes's)
Pluralizing abbreviations that also use periods (M.D.'s, C.P.A.'s)
Pluralizing capital letters (C's, A's)
It's Your Turn! Apostrophe Exercise
Directions: Find the words with errors and correct them.
1. Carls tent is the same as our's.
2. Sheilas' Scrabble game is missing six ts and four xs.
3. Without his glasses, David walked into the womens restroom.
4. The squirrels love to run through my father-in-laws yard.
5. Enjoy the book. Its yours to keep!
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