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S'up with the apostrophe?

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FC: S'up with the apostrophe? | Samantha Tener

1: Since the 16th century, the English language has used the apostrophe to shorten words and phrases. The following examples explain where and where not to use an apostrophe in today's English. | = correct usage | = incorrect usage

2: Here, the apostrophe correctly omits the figures in a date. 1984 becomes '84.

3: Marion High School Class of 1986 Reunion Site | Whoever wrote the header (below) for the Marion High School web page clearly was not an A student. That person forgot the apostrophe before the 86 to indicate they graduated in 1986.

4: The logo of a home business in Boston | Galore does not belong to savings. Savings should not have an apostrophe. It's plural, not possessive.

5: Michael Jackson was grammatically correct with his song title. Each apostrophe indicates the omission of a letter.

6: Men is already plural, so the apostrophe should come before the "s". Nice try Modell's.

7: The possessor (girls) is plural and already ends in an "s", so the apostrophe comes last. | Wicked by Sara Shepard page 216

8: The word "Hondas" is plural, not possessive. An apostrophe does not belong there.

9: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey page 18 | Below, the apostrophe shows the replacement of a word. "Who is" becomes "who's".

10: "Lands'" is plural and "end" is not. To make this correct, there should either be an apostrophe before the "s" or an "s" added to "end".

11: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain page 118 | Huckleberry Finn was not the best at grammar. Thankfully, Mark Twain used the apostrophe to indicate when his characters were using nonstandard English. "Instead" changes to "'stead".

12: There's an apostrophe and an "s" missing after G-d. Flipped around, someone would say, "G-d is a friend of mine." "Mine" is possessive, therefore G-d should be possessive too. "I Am a Friend of G-d's"

13: "about Jesus' teaching" Typically, whenever a name ends in "s", an apostrophe and an "s" are added after to make it possessive. However, Jesus is always an exception. | Jesus by Alvar Ellegard

14: Title of an article in the Financial Times | This isn't just any heel. This heel belongs to Achilles, therefore it should say "Achilles' heel". The apostrophe comes after the "s" and is not followed by a second "s" because names of the ancient world do not require one.

15: The apostrophe is used in Irish names, such as O'Neill (the name, and the brand).

16: And "there's" an example of bad grammar. "Theres" is not a word. "There's" is the replacement for "there is". The apostrophe makes all the difference.

17: Title of a Fox News article | The apostrophe in "patient's" indicates a possessive in a singular noun.

18: "Your" should change to "you're" because "your" is not possessive. The apostrophe converts "you are" to "you're".

19: article title | The apostrophe in "month's" indicates the amount of time.

20: Yeah, I think "its" wrong. The apostrophe in "it's" can determine whether the word is possessive or replaces "it is". In this Yahoo question, there should be an apostrophe.

21: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley page 42 | The apostrophe helps replace "there is" with "there's". In the future, Huxley foresees proper use of grammar.

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