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Apostrophes

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Apostrophes have two main uses: contraction and possession.

When an apostrophe is used to show contraction, it tells us that a letter is missing.

For example, 'I don’t care' is a shortened version of 'I do not care' with an apostrophe replacing the letter 'o' in not.

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When an apostrophe is used to show possession, it’s used to show belonging.

For example, 'Dave’s iPad' uses a possessive apostrophe to show that an iPad belongs to Dave.

Remember, don’t use an apostrophe to show plurals.

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Your Turn…

1. Where should the apostrophe go in this sentence? They wouldnt dare.
After They
In between the n and t in wouldnt
Before dare

2. Which one of the following apostrophes could show possession?
Frank’s
Don’t
Shouldn’t

3. Where should the apostrophe go in this sentence? Whos the new boy?
In between the o and s in Whos
Before boy
After the question mark

4. Which one of the following apostrophes definitely shows contraction?
Derek’s
Elvis
Can’t

5. Where should the apostrophe go in this sentence? I wont eat junk food.
After junk
After food
In between the n and the t in wont

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