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.



  • Last Updated Feb 04, 2021
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  • Answered By Amber Eakin

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