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BC: The apostrophe is important. Use it wisely.

FC: The Amazing Apostrophe by Melanie Fry

1: This sign is incorrect. An apostrophe should not be used because "employees" is neither a contraction nor possessive. http://informationatrix.wordpress.com/2007/06/14/employees-only/ | "But we've come this far - there's no coming back," (Patterson 166). Both 'we've' and 'there's' are contractions (we have and there is), so those two examples are correct. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

2: Article from The Philadelphia Inquirer By: Kevin Ferris Picture from article | "Back Channels: Paul Ryan clarifies the choice in ’12 race" (Article Title) This is the proper way of abbreviating a year. 2012 is shortened to '12.

3: Citation: http://www.oxbridgeediting.co.uk/blog/funny-grammar-mistakes-apostrophes-618/ | This sign is grammatically incorrect. "Sign's" should be written as "Signs" because it is plural, not possessive. | INCORRECT!

4: CORRECT | This usage is correct because "YOU'RE" is a contraction for "you are." (Original Photography)

5: Sheldon Adelson posing in front of a model of the Sands Cotai Central, Sands' newest integrated resort in Macau, in April. | The usage of the apostrophe in Sands' is controversial. According to the Fowler's Modern English Usage, an "s" is required after the apostrophe if it is a modern name (unless it ends in an "iz" sound). Although, they are mainly styles of preference and not set in stone. | Article Title: Casino Mogul’s Frontman in China Is Focus of Inquiries By: Michael Luo

6: Correct! | Giuseppe's and Michael's are both possessives and excellent places to order pizza in the Ambler area.

7: CORRECT!!! | Building is located on 21st and Walnut Street, in the Rittenhouse Square Area, Close to Rittenhouse Square Park, Trader Joe's and Bus stop for a quick commute to University City/U of Penn/and Drexel University Campus! | Craigslist Advertisement

8: Both of these (Jesus' & Wrigley's) are the correct form of possession. Original Photography

9: The popular magazine Reader's Digest is another correct example of possessives. Original Photography

10: The "don't" in the Bible verse is a correct example because it is a contraction of "do" and "not." Original Photography

11: "The Garvin's" is an incorrect example because a plural has been turned into a possessive. Original Photography

12: CORRECT! | This is another example of possessives. Original Photography

13: "Grant has come a long way from his loathsome Four Weddings and a Funeral Days, ending up this time opposite Sandra Bullock in yet another romantic comedy, Two Weeks Notice." -Joshua Taylor | "Weeks" should be "Week's" to indicate a time or quantity. | Quote taken from:http://www.cinemablend.com/ reviews/Two-Weeks-Notice-486 .html

14: Sign posted at a garage sale in my neighborhood: Book's for sale! Paperbacks- 50 cents Hardcover- $1.00 | This sign is incorrect, because a plural was turned into a possessive.

15: O thou foul thief, where hast thou stow'd my daughter. (1.2.2) -Othello Shakespeare | This example is correct, because the apostrophe shows the omission of letters.

16: This is another example of a plural being turned into a possessive. This is a very popular mistake. | Photo Credits: http://www.communicationsgoddess.net/2010/09/apostrophes-smallest-challenge-to-your.html

17: Incorrect! | Someone obviously did not proofread because this is a very careless error. Here, a comma was used instead of an apostrophe. | Photo Credits: http://www.apostrophecatastrophes.com/2009_02_01_archive.html

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