Brief Explanation of Using Apostrophes to Show Possessiveness and in Contractions

Use the apostrophe with contractions. The apostrophe is always placed at the spot where the letter(s) has been removed.

Examples: don’t, isn’t
You’re right.
She’s a great teacher.

Use the apostrophe to show possession. Place the apostrophe before the s to show singular possession.

Examples: one boy’s hat

one woman’s hat

one actress’s hat

one child’s hat

Mr. Carr’s hat

NOTE: Although names ending in s or an s sound are not required to have the second s added in possessive form, it is preferred.

Mr. Jones’s golf clubs

Texas’s weather

Ms. Straus’s daughter

Jose Sanchez’s artwork

Dr. Hastings’s appointment (name is Hastings)

Mrs. Lees’s books (name is Lees)

Use the apostrophe where the noun that should follow is implied.

Example: This was his father’s, not his, jacket.

    • Mactavius
    • February 4th, 2010

    Mr. Carr doesn’t wear hats :>

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