Unit 8.1

Apostrophe

Punctuation - 1 minute

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Introduction

The apostrophe is a punctuation and diacritical mark.

Form

  1. a name ending in s: we can use either or ‘s
  2. regullar plurals: we add just
  3. irregular plurals:  we add ‘s
  4. compound nouns: we add ‘s to the last word

Example

  1. a name ending in s: we can use either or ‘s
    • He is Mr Jones’ employee.
    • He is Angelina Jones’s husband.
    • Jennifer is Chris’ girlfriend.
  2. regullar plurals: we add just
    • This is the boys’ room.
    • The girls’ school is excellent.
    • The dogs’ toys are all over the living room.
  3. irregular plurals:  we add ‘s
    • Is this the men’s bathroom?
    • The women’s departament is upstairs.
    • The children’s room is messy.
  4. compound nouns: we add ‘s to the last word
    • My mother in law’s party was very boring.
    • Her father in law’s garden is beautiful.
    • His brother in law’s children are active and optimistic.

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