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CORRECT USE OF APOSTROPHES
office of the attorney
toys belonging to the children
books belonging to Judy
lounge for women
rate of Illinois
Illinois’s tax rate (doesn’t end with an s sound)
No extra pronounced syllable:
the efforts of two cities
two cities’ efforts
the home belonging to the Foxes
the Foxes` home
the pen belonging to Mr. Simons
Mr. Simon’s pen
Extra pronounced syllable:
grades of the class
the class’s grades
the purse belonging to Ms.
Mary and Alice’s apartment has
been newly painted.
The Rodriguezes and the Martinsons’
mountain cabin closed escrow today.
My mother’s and father’s
clothes were destroyed in the fire.
Bob’s and John’s payroll checks
investments of my father-in-law
the report for
We would appreciate Lisa’s
helping us with the audit.
There is no record of the
witness’s being subpoenaed.
Peace for a
a minute’s peace
Work for the day
a day’s work
Delay for a week
a week’s delay
work for four
four hours` work
interest for two
two weeks' interest
experience for five
years five years’ experience
The table top is scratched.
(Not: The table’s top is scratched.)
The typewriter keys need to be
cleaned. (Not: The typewriter’s
keys need to be cleaned).
My, mine, his, her, hers, your,
yours, our, ours, their, theirs, its and whose.
ALL NOUN POSSESSIVE CASE FORMS ARE
WRITTEN WITHOUT APOSTROPHES. They
should not be contractions.
Possessive pronouns – no apostrophes.
His leaving the company was quite a
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Economics & Mathematics, WVUP, 2011.
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