How To Use Apostrophes – Quick And Easy Grammar Tips

What is the purpose of the apostrophe?

  1. To indicate the possessive – “Peter’s book”
  2. When there are missing letters (contracted words) = “Can’t = Can not, Won’t = Will not, I’d = I had”

1. Using apostrophes to show possession/ownership

  • This is Ben’s bag.
  • This bag is Ben’s.
  • The cats food looks better than my cooking! 
  • It is everyone’s responsibility to study for the exam.
Using apostrophes with plural words
Imagine there is a boy playing with a ball. You would say; “It is the boy’s ball” – there is one boy and one ball.
Now imagine that there are two boys. You would say; “It is the boys’ ball” – the ball belongs to the boys.

Possessive words that don’t need an apostrophe
Personal pronouns (words like I, you, he, she, it, we, they) indicate the possessive by becoming a whole new word. These words already show possession, so they don’t need an apostrophe: my, mine, your, yours, his, her, hers, its, our, ours, their, theirs. 

  • The bag is yours.
  • My friend’s dog broke its leg.
  • It’s not my book, it’s hers. 
  • The book isn’t mine, it’s theirs. 
  • REMEMBER
    It’s
     means it is or it has. You cannot say its’

2. To show that there are missing letters in the middle of words or phrases

  • You can’t have my pen, I need it. = You can not have my pen….
  • Don’t do that please… = Do not do that….
  • I’d like a burger, please. = I would like a burger….
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