Presentation on theme: "Literacy fortnightly focus…. An apostrophe looks just like a comma, but instead of being written on the line it floats higher in the air. You should."— Presentation transcript:
An apostrophe looks just like a comma, but instead of being written on the line it floats higher in the air. You should write the apostrophe in line with the tallest letter. Examples: Sarah’s car is blue. The ladies’ voices were loud!
Possession – The apostrophe is used to show that something belongs to someone or something. Add ’s after the word that shows who the owner is. Example 1: The shirt belonging to the player. The player’s shirt is dirty. When the owner is in the plural and ends in s, add an apostrophe after the s. Example 2: The celebration of the players. The players’ celebration.
Rule Find the owner Jack Add the apostrophe Jack’ Add s if there isn’t one Jack’s guitar
Rule Find the owner my parents Add the apostrophemy parents’ Add s if there isn’t one (there is!) my parents’ car
Rule Find the ownerthe fishermen Add the apostrophethe fishermen’ Add s if there isn’t one the fishermen’s boats
Jim’s jumper has a hole in it. The school’s rugby team The boys’ coats were filthy. The singers’ songs were a hit for them. Mr Jones’ hat looks funny. The men’s suits were grey. Louis’ commitment to his studies has improved.
Remember There are no apostrophes in plural words even if they end in a vowel. Pianos not Piano’s Bananas not Banana’s Y7s not Y7’s C3s not C3’s
If in doubt, leave the apostrophe out. An apostrophe for possession should be used to show that something belongs to someone or something. E.g. The school’s inspection report was fantastic. An apostrophe for contraction should be used to show that a letter(s) is missing. It is going to rain. ----------> It’s going to rain Please continue to remind learners that all sentences must be demarcated with a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop/question mark/exclamation mark at the end.