Unit 8.1

Apostrophe

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Introduction

The apostrophe is a punctuation and diacritical mark.

Form

Here you can see the symbol used to indicate an apostrophe:

Example

  • one thing belonging to two people:
    • John and Jennifer‘s son is very tall.
    • Robert and Rachel‘s cat is very fluffy.
    • Diana and Laura‘s favourite teacher is called Mr Adams.
  • time expressions:
    • 1 year’s trial
    • 2 days’ holiday
    • a week’s pay

Use

We use the apostrophe:

  • when one thing belongs to two people: we add ‘s to the last word of the personal reference.
  • in time expressions: we add ‘s or only the apostrophe (depending on what letter does the word ends with) after the noun, not the number.
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