Unit 8.1

Apostrophe in verbs

Introduction

The apostrophe is an element of punctuation and a diacritical mark.

Form

This is the symbol used to indicate an apostrophe: ‘

Example

    • It’s (it is) a nice day outside.
    • You aren’t (are not) supposed to be here.
    • Who’s (who is) at the door?

Use

We use apostrophe in contractions of verbs to:

  • create the negative in abbreviated form
  • set together the subject (usually a pronoun) with the verb.

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