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The Apostrophe in Today's World

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1: Compared to other punctuation marks, the apostrophe's history is rather messy. Its rules and usages have been almost constantly changing since its introduction into English. This flux is evident in the Oxford Companion to English Literature, which states, "There never was a golden age in which the rules for the possessive apostrophe were clear-cut and known, understood and followed by most educated people." With so many rules being added left and right, it seems many people just can't keep track of how to use one properly. However, it's really not too difficult... | ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''

2: There are 5 main rules to know about apostrophes, and they are all reasonably simple. They are as follows : | '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''

3: '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | Rule 1: Use an apostrophe and an "s" ('s) to mark possessive singular nouns or possessive plural nouns that do not end in "s", and a single apotrophe (') to mark possessive plurals nouns that do end in "s". | singluar possessive

4: plural possessive | '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | This might seem like it should be "KIDS' MENU", but it is actually correct because it is like a shortened way of saying "A KID'S MENU".

5: Rule 2 : Use an apostrophe to indicate omitted letters in contractions and slang terms. | '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | (What is) | (until) | (sword is)

6: (Kicking) | (we are) | (The word"S'more" is actually a contraction of the two words "some more", so this is correct usage)

7: Rule 3 : Use an apostrophe to mark ommited number in numbers (usually in dates), as well.

8: '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | Rule 4: An apostrophe can be used to indicate time or quantity, depending on the sentence structure. The rules for singular vs. plural possessives apply here, too.

9: '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | Rule 5 : Use apostrophes to mark plurals of letters or words.

10: Knowing these 5 relatively simple rules should lead one to lifelong perfect apostrophe placement. However, despite their simplicity, there are still many people that use apostrophes wrongly... | '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''

11: Why is this apostrophe here? The souvenirs are not possessing anything. | '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | In these two instances (both on the same picture order form), the author missed an apostrophe; it should be "Parent's Name" and "...Member's Name".

12: '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | This should be "your". Contracting it to mean " you are side" does not make sense. | These two people, coincidentily both with the last name "Hopkins", have both forgotten the "s" that should follow the apostrophe after their names, since each of them is singular.

13: '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' | Conversely, this sign has used "your" instead of the contraction "you're". "You are getting warmer" makes sense, so "you're" is the appropriate word for this situation. | Again, with the apostrophe in the regular plural word! Why? | Should be "All Creatures' Veterinary Clinic"

14: These two instances are disputable, but since "The Nittany Lions" and "The Beatles" are generally considered singular nouns, it would be more correct to write "Lions's" and "Beatles's". | And here we go again with the apostrophes in plural words...

15: The name of this store should be "Michael's". | A get-a-way cruise for one girl? Well, lucky her. This can't be right... (should be "Girls' get-a-way cruise") | Apostrophes are needed to pluralize words!

16: So now it's your turn! With your knowledge of the rules of the apostrophe (as described in the previous pages), go out into the world and correct people's grammar! Spread the word about proper punctuation placement! Perhaps, with enough people's help, one day the rules for the apostrophe will be known and followed by all speakers of the English language. You can help make that glorious day arrive! So, go! Help save that dying punctuation mark and forever be a hero! -Jess Chernak | ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''

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