FC: Correct and Incorrect Uses of Apostrophes
1: YOU'RE | OMISSION OF LETTERS | The apostrophe in “you’re” is correct because it is a contraction for “you are”. Therefore, an apostrophe was added to replace the letters that were removed for the combination of the two words.
2: FUNS' | The use of the apostrophe in "funs'" is incorrect because not only can fun not be plural, but it is impossible to have possession of the adjective "fun". The apostrophe should have come before the 's', creating the contraction "fun's". The word "fun's" is the contraction meaning "fun is", which fits the context of the sign.
3: IT'S | The apostrophe in "it's" is used correctly because it's used to make the contraction for "it is". Therefore, the apostrophe takes the place of the letters that were omitted to create the contraction. | Apostrophe OF Omission
4: The apostrophe in "it's" is misused because it's the contraction for "it is" or "it has". The context of the sign does not work with either of the meanings for "it's". Therefore, the apostrophe should not be there. | IT'S
5: The apostrophe is used correctly in “you’re” because it takes the place of letters that have been omitted. “You’re” is the contraction for the words “you are”. When words are combined to create a contraction, the letters that were removed are replaced with an apostrophe. | OMISSION OF LETTERS | YOU'RE
6: The use of the apostrophe in "tattoo's" is incorrect. The apostrophe was misused because the tattoos do not have possession of anything. The sign is pointed to where you can get henna tattoos, and the word tattoo is plural. However, the word tattoo is only plural. It does not have possession, making the use of the apostrophe wrong. | TATTOO'S
7: Possessive - Plural Noun | The apostrophe is both necessary and correct in this movie cover. It is necessary because it shows that the Lorax is the possession of Dr. Seuss. It is correct because the apostrophe was place after the “s”. This is correct because the name Seuss already ends in an “s”, therefore an apostrophe was only needed at the end to show possession. | Dr. Seuss'
8: The use of the apostrophe in “their” is incorrect, and there is no way to make it correct. The word “their” never gets an apostrophe added to it. It is not a plural possessive or a contraction, therefore it does not receive one. Plus, the word “their” is a possessive determiner. | THEIR'
9: POSSESSIVE - SINGULAR NOUN | The apostrophe is correct in “Webster’s” because it shows the possession of the dictionary. By placing an apostrophe before the “s”, it shows that Webster has possession over it. | WEBSTER'S
10: An apostrophe is never needed in the word “get’s”. “Get” can be plural, but the possessive of “get” does not exist. Also, there is no contraction that “get’s” would make. Therefore, the apostrophe should not be in “get’s” because it does not make sense, and with the apostrophe “get’s” is not a word. | GET'S
11: 70's | Plurals of Abbreviations | The apostrophe in "70's" is used correctly because in America, apostrophes are used when abbreviations become plural.
12: The apostrophe is not needed in "ladie's" because it is not talking about possession of anything. This sign is identifying the bathroom, and labeling that it is for ladies. In the event that ladies have possession of something the apostrophe would come after the 's' (ladies').
13: In the logo, an apostrophe is needed in the word “that’s” because it is a contraction for the words “that is”. Therefore, an apostrophe was necessary to show the place of the letters that were omitted for the contraction. | THAT'S | Omission of Letters
14: The apostrophe in “Mets’” is not necessary. It is not needed because the Mets cannot have possession over the verb “lose”. If the heading read ‘Mets’ loss’ then it would be correct because it would make sense in the context. Also, if the possessive plural use of “Mets” was necessary in this context, the apostrophe was used correctly. Since the word “Mets” is already plural and ends in an “s”, the apostrophe would come after the “s” just as it did in the headline. | METS'
15: MEN'S | The apostrophe in “men’s” is correct because it indicates that the magazine regards to the health belonging to men. Therefore, since it is the health of men, an apostrophe followed by an “s” is added to the word to show possession. | POSSESSIVE - SINGULAR NOUN
16: DOG'S | The apostrophe in “dog’s” is incorrect because in the context, the dogs do not have possession over anything. Therefore, it should only be plural, not a possessive plural.
17: MACY'S | POSSESSIVE - SINGULAR NOUN | The apostrophe in this advertisement is used correctly because it indicates possession. The Thanksgiving Day Parade is the possession of Macy, therefore is it accurate to put an apostrophe and then an “s” onto the end of "Macy" to show that the parade is Macy’s.
18: No apostrophe is needed in “1000’s”. It should not be there because it is a number, and regular numbers do not receive an apostrophe. The only exception to numbers getting an apostrophe is when you are talking about the plural of a year, or a specific years possession of something. | 1000'S
19: IRISH NAME | O'MALLEY'S | The apostrophe in O’Malley is correct because apostrophes in Irish last names are accurate.
20: Both apostrophes in this tattoo are incorrect. “Fly’s” is incorrect because it does not make sense in the context. “Fly” with an apostrophe followed by an “s” gives possession to a fly or someone/something named Fly, other than that it is not a word.With the context of this tattoo, the word “flies” should have been used. Also, the word “wing’s” in this tattoo should not be a possessive plural. The word wing should only be plural with no apostrophe because it is not saying that the wings have possession over anything. | FLY'S | WING'S
21: BY: TORI BURTON