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Strategy 1: Apostrophes
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Review the rules for using apostrophes and then open the attachments below, complete the exercises, and email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. NOTE: Since these are pdf's, you will have to cut-and-paste them into a Word document.
|1. Use 's to show that a singular noun is possessive. Although usage is changing (some writers add only the apostrophe), you should apply this rule even when the singular noun already ends in "s." Exceptions are historical figures whose names end in es.|| the defendant's motion |
Dr. Jones's prescription
Moses' ten commandments
|2. Use 's to show that a plural noun not ending in "s" is possessive.|| the women's movement |
|3. Add only an apostrophe to make plural nouns possessive.|| students' questions |
the Oswalds' family vacation
|4. Do not add an apostrophe to a noun that is not possessive.|| Singular: The scientist’s research was controversial. Plural: Scientists have claimed that global warming is an imminent threat. |
Plural possessive: Scientists’ previous theories have been disproved.
Singular: Mr. Jones was not home last night.
Singular possessive: Mr. Jones’s car was vandalized. Plural: The Joneses were not home last night.
Plural possessive: The Joneses' car was vandalized
|5. Do not add an apostrophe to a possessive pronoun.|| The problem is yours, not hers [not her's]. |
The firm failed to disclose its [not it's] assets.
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