Q. How do I use apostrophes in my writing?
What's an apostrophe? How do I know when to use an apostrophe?
An apostrophe is a punctuation mark with two main purposes: contraction or possession.
Examples of apostrophes used as contractions:
- They are -- They're
- You will -- You'll
- You all -- Y'all
Examples of apostrophes used to denote possession:
- The cat belonging to Amy -- Amy's cat
- The house belonging to Trey -- Trey's house
- The car belonging to the Smiths -- the Smiths' house
We recommend using Grammarly.com to check if you are using proper punctuation in your writing.
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