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Examples of uses of the apostrophe


The English apostrophe, is a spelling sign similar to a single quotation mark (‘), and that has Three main functions in English

The apostrophe is a punctuation mark in the form of a flying or elevated comma (‘) or single closing quotation mark (‘) used in many languages ​​that use the Latin alphabet , as well as in romanization systems of various languages, such as Arabic , Hebrew or Mandarin Chinese .

1. Possession.

 When a noun is used as a pronoun or possessive adjective, the apostrophe is used to indicate that the use of possessive is taking place. When used with a singular word, the apostrophe and the letter “s” (‘s) are written, even when the word ends with the letter s. When used with a plural word, only the apostrophe is added at the end of the word.

Examples of uses of the apostrophe in English (apostrophe) in nouns:

  1. Robert’s
  2. Cat’s
  3. Cats’
  4. Soldier’s
  5. Soldiers’
  6. Book’s
  7. Karla’s
  8. Sisters’
  9. Sister’s
  10. Camera’s
  11. Glasses’s
  12. Glasses’
  13. Telephone’s
  14. Telephones’
  15. Justice’s
  16. Cassette’s
  17. Words’
  18. Cow’s
  19. Girls’
  20. Girl’s
  21. Eyes’
  22. Smith’s
  23. Johnson’s
  24. watches’
  25. Witch’s
  26. witches’
  27. Speaker’s
  28. Granny’s
  29. Family’s
  30. Workers’
  31. Memory’s

2. Contraction 

. Another function of the apostrophe is to indicate the omission of letters in a word or phrase, taking the place of the missing letter or letters. They are widely used, especially with the verbs to be, to have, can, should, among others, especially in negative forms.

Examples of uses of the apostrophe in English (apostrophe) in word contractions:

  1. Don’t (do not)
  2. Doesn’t (does not)
  3. Can’t (can not)
  4. Shouldn’t (should not)
  5. ’cause (because)
  6. Won’t (will not)
  7. Wouldn’t (would not)
  8. Lil ‘(little)
  9. I’m (I am)
  10. I’ll (I will)
  11. I’ve (I have)
  12. I’d (I would, I had)
  13. You’re (you are)
  14. You’ll (you will)
  15. You’ve (you have)
  16. You’d (you would, you had)
  17. He’s (he is)
  18. He’d (he had, he would)
  19. She’s (she is)
  20. She’d (she had, she would)
  21. It’s (it is)
  22. It’d (it had, it would)
  23. We’re (We are)
  24. We’ll (we will)
  25. We’ve (we have)
  26. We’d (we have, we would)
  27. They’re (They are)
  28. They’ll (they will)
  29. They’ve (They have)
  30. They’d (They had, they would)

3. Plural of letters and acronyms .

 Finally, another function of the apostrophe is to indicate the plural when talking about letters individually, as well as the use in the acronym (Words formed with the initials of the letters). It is also used to indicate the plural of numbers, or to indicate a period, usually a decade.

Examples of uses of the apostrophe in English (apostrophe) in the plural:

  1. The b’s
  2. The 1980’s
  3. NGO’s
  4. C’s
  5. H’s
  6. 5’s
  7. 7’s
  8. AC’s
  9. ECG’s
  10. EEG’s
  11. FAQ’s
  12. 1990’s
  13. 1940’s
  14. 1730’s
  15. UFO’s
  16. SMS’s
  17. Z’s
  18. Ace
  19. X’s
  20. P’s
  21. PC’s
  22. USB’s
  23. DVD’s
  24. DVD-R’s
  25. CD’s
  26. CD-R’s
  27. NSAID’s
  28. ROM’s
  29. RAM’s
  30. HTML’s


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