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1 ApostrophesApostrophes How and when to use them

2 What is an apostrophe? It looks like a comma – ‘ – but we place it above the line of writing. It takes up the space of a letter. It is used for various reasons.

3 Why do we use them? To show who owns what (possession) –This is Jane’s cat. To fill in for missing letters (contractions) –She’s gone to the cinema with her friends.

4 Contractions When two words are joined together in a shorter form. The apostrophe takes the place of the missing letter(s). –I am (I’m) –They are (They’re) –Do not (don’t)

5 Be careful! Don’t confuse its and it’s –its (possessive – its edges were sharp) –it’s (it is, it has) Whose and who’s –Whose book is this? –Who’s coming to dinner.

6 Test Yourself You are - ? Will not - ? I would - ? I had - ? We have - ? I shall not - ?

7 Test Yourself Shes got her mothers good looks, hasnt she? Its the princesss birthday today, isnt it? The womens Keep Fit Class opens today.

8 Homework Find some examples of the misuse of apostrophes:- –many people put an apostrophe when they just need to add an ‘s’ to make a plural. –e.g. PC’s, 1940’s, CD’s You only use an apostrophe to show possession or that you have missed out some letters.


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