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Using Apostrophes don’tcan’t men’s Jane’s haven’t
Possession Showing who owns what An apostrophe goes after the owner's name to show something belongs to them.
This is Jane’s cat. I belong to Jane.
He went to get the boy’s coat. The coat belonged to the boy.
Tom’s wife was waiting for him. The wife is married (or belongs to) Tom.
Contractions Showing missing letters You can also use an apostrophe when you want to leave out one or more letters.
she has you are I am we have I would it is who is … she’s … you’re … I’m … we’ve … I’d … it’s … who’s
There are some unusual contraction: shall not will not … shan’t … won’t
Don’t confuse it’s and its... it’s… it is it’s… it has itspronoun
It’s time we all went to bed. It is time we all went to bed.
It’s been a long day. It has been a long day.
The cat wants its supper. The cat wants it is supper. This doesn’t make sense so it is NOT a contraction.
Can you put the apostrophes in the right places? Shes got her mothers good looks, hasnt she?
She’s got her mother’s good looks, hasn’t she?
Can you put the apostrophes in the right places? Its the princes birthday today, isnt it?
It’s the prince’s birthday today, isn’t it?
Now it’s your turn...
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