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Chapter 4. Punctuation > Apostrophes

Apostrophes

Apostrophes (') have several important functions. They are used to show possession—the idea of ownership, belonging to, or attachment to. They are also used to mark missing letters in a contraction. A contraction is a shortened version of an expression; for example, “don’t,” which means “do not,” is a contraction.

Apostrophes to show possession are used with nouns and pronouns. Keep in mind the fact that most plural nouns end in s, and they do require an apostrophe. We add apostrophes only to words that show possession or to shortened expressions.


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