Learn apostrophe by definition, rules, uses, examples and practice. It is a figure of speech. So, this article is about What is An Apostrophe: How to Learn With Examples.
What is An Apostrophe?
It is a figure of speech as well as a punctuation mark that is used for possession/ ownership, contraction/ omission/ shortening in a sentence related to a noun in singular. It also deals with plural nouns but in a different way. The complete sign/mark of apostrophe is ‘s.
It’s my calculator.
I have five students’ books.
Furthermore, a speaker or writer also uses an apostrophe mark for a person who is not present or dead.
In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth.
Uses and Rules of Apostrophe (‘s):
An apostrophe can do several main things.
1. Apostrophe for Contraction/ Omission
The important use of an apostrophe and sign is to contract and shorten the words. After contraction, the meanings of the words remain the same.
I did not eat the cookie.
I didn’t eat the cookie.
It is → It’s.
It has → It’s.
I have → I’ve
I had→ I’d
She will → she’ll
I had, I would → I’d
Here, you will decide by seeing the sentence whether the sentence belongs to a simple (without a verb) or perfect sentence where we use 3rd form of the verb after has.
Simple Sentence: It is my financial organization.
Perfect Tense Sentence: It has become part and parcel of my financial organization.
In both sentences, the apostrophe marks of both sentences will be (‘s) whether the sentence is simple or perfect tense.
So “did not” contracted, shrunk, or shortened to didn’t.
2. Apostrophe for Possession (shows ownership)
Generally, it replaces the word “of” but gives the same meanings.
The dramas of Shakespeare are very interesting.
Shakespeare’s dramas are very interesting.
Remember, above both sentences are correct.
That’s Smith’s bat.
The bat belongs to Smith.
3. To Pluralizes (Happens very rarely)
If the noun is in plural form, use only apostrophe sign/mark ignoring “s”.
Books to books’
Jacks’ bike is broken.
Her cats’ toys are beautiful.
These are bags’s zips. (Incorrect)
These are books’s covers. (Incorrect)
These are bags’ zips. (Correct)
These are books’ covers. (Correct)
4. For Compound Words
If there is a compound word, use the apostrophe in the last part of that word.
My mother-in-laws cooking skills are very effective. (Incorrect)
My mother-in-law’s cooking skills are very effective. (Correct)
5. For Multiple Nouns/ Pronouns or Joint Ownership
If there is more than one subject (nouns), use apostrophe with the second noun.
Umar’s and Rashid’s accounts. (Incorrect)
Umar and Rashid’s accounts. (Correct)
6. Irregular Noun /Plural Nouns doesn’t have S at the end
If we have plural nouns that do not end with (s), such nouns are also called irregular nouns. So, we can use apostrophes and signs with such plural nouns.
Examples of Plural Nouns:
Examples of Apostrophe for Irregular Nouns
My children’s toy.
The women’s rights.
The women’s duties.
Apostrophe and Possessive Pronouns:
According to rules, we cannot use both apostrophe and sign while using a possessive pronoun.
1. It’s my book.
It’s my’s book. (Incorrect)
It’s my’s. (Incorrect)
It’s mine. (Correct)
2. It’s your financial magazine.
Remember, yours = your financial magazine.
3. These are our uniforms.
These are ours.
Ours= our uniforms.
4. It was her fork.
It was hers.
Hers= her fork.
5. It’s his car.
It is his.
We can’t use apostrophe and sign with possessive pronoun “his”.
His= his car.
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