Apostrophe

Apostrophes

Posted in: Grammarian, Punctuation

apostropheApostrophes replace a letter or letters to form contractions or are combined with and without the letter s to form possessives.

Apostrophes never denote plurals.

Possessive-Contraction Confusion

Some common errors with apostrophes include personal possessives or possessive pronouns.

Your-You’re

Your is a possessive pronoun meaning belonging to you.

This is your first race.

You’re is a contraction of the subject-verb combination You are or You were.

You’re running in the first race.
You’re supposed to get there first

Its-It’s

Its is a possessive pronoun meaning belonging to it.

Where is its blossom?

It’s is a contraction of the subject-verb combination It is or It has.

It’s a beautiful specimen.
It’s been a lovely afternoon

Their-They’re

Their is a possessive pronoun meaning belonging to them.

Where is their base?

They’re is a contraction of the subject-verb combination They are or They were.

They’re going back to base.
They’re first back to camp.

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