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Lets Lirn Inglish, 3

Author -Carole Parkes

 Let’s Learn English, 3

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Apostrophes

The online ‘Oxford Dictionaries’ give two main instances where the apostrophe is needed:

“Using apostrophes to show possession

Using apostrophes to show omission”

Richard Dobbs of  another online website entitled  ‘Grammar and Style in British English’  says, ” a third use, the pluralisation of words and letters in such expressions as mind your p’s and q’s, is controverial.”

So for now we’ll concentrate on the first two uses, possession and omission. 

“The main guidelines it gives for showing possession are:

“Singular nouns and most personal names: add an apostrophe plus ‘s’:

We met at Ben’s party.

The dog’s tail wagged rapidly.

Yesterday’s weather was dreadful.

Personal names that end in ‘s’:add an apostrophe plus ‘s’ if you would normally pronounce an extra ‘s’ if you said the word out loud:

He joined Charles’s army in 1642.

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Viv Drewa is a Michigan native who has enjoyed reading and writing since 1963. Though she studied medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan, her passion has always been writing. She had been awarded third place for her nonfiction short story about her grandfather's escape from Poland. Later, she rewrote this story and was published in the "Polish American Journal" as "From the Pages of Grandfather's Life" and has republished it on Amazon.com as a short story. Viv took creative and journalism courses to help in her transition to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. She worked as an intern for Port Huron's 'The Times Herald", and also wrote, edited and did the layout or the Blue Water Multiple Sclerosis newsletter "Thumb Prints." She also has a business promoting authors. Owl and Pussycat Book Promotions. Viv, her husband Bob and their cat Princess, live in Fort Gratiot, Michigan.

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