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1 Apostrophes 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 Whose and who’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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