How to use an apostrophe

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The apostrophe is a punctuation mark, and sometimes a diacritic mark, in languages that use the Latin alphabet or certain other alphabets.

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If the word in use is in plural (meaning more than one), don't use an apostrophe. Image courtesy: thesun.co.uk indiatalkies.com

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However, the previous rule has two exceptions.

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Second exception:

Is it a number or abbreviation? For example:

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If the word is in use is indicating possession (meaning to own something), then use an apostrophe. Image courtesy: stylefashionaccessories.com

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But be careful! Is it a plural AND possessive?

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However, the previous rule also has an exception.

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If the word in use is a contraction, then use an apostrophe.

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It's

If you are trying to say "it is" (or "it has"), then use an apostrophe.

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Its

If you are using "its" to indicate possession, then don't use an apostrophe. Image courtesy: breederretriever.com

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If it is a possessive name ending in "s", then you can use either an apostrophe and "s" after the name or only the apostrophe after the "s" in the name.

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If it is a possessive and plural name, then use the apostrophe after the "s".

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Revision

Note that most apostrophes are used for possessive nouns. So if a noun owns something, use an apostrophe. Or use it for contractions. And if it's plural, don't use an apostrophe.

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Most Important:

If you are in doubt, avoid using an apostrophe.

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