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1: Rules: Apostrophes are used to... 1.) Indicate possessive in a singular noun PAGES 2 & 3 2.) Indicate possessive in a plural noun PAGES 4 & 5 3.) Indicate a time or a quantity PAGES 6 & 7 4.) Show omission of numbers (in dates) PAGES 8 & 9 5.) Show omission of letters PAGES 10&11 6.) Indicate plurals of letters and words PAGES 12&13 | 1

2: RULE 1: POSSESSIVE IN | CORRECT USAGE | Why this is correct: | Since "Daniel Lanois" is a name that ends in an S and it needs to be possessive, the apostrophe should be placed after the S (as it is in this example) or with an added S and mark. | Why this is correct: | Johnson is a singular noun so the apostrophe between the N and the added S makes it perfectly possessive for this sentence. | Why this is correct: | Same reason as stated above, but the noun is "fall". | Rollling Stone Mag. July 2010 | Seventeen Mag. August 2011 | Concert postings - Philadelphia | 2

3: A SINGULAR NOUN | INCORRECT USAGE | Why this is incorrect: | Philadelphia Business Journal July 2011 Issue | Why this is incorrect: | This is incorrect because neither "Realtors" nor "Sons" have an apostophe before the last S but apostrophes are needed because both nouns possess "inc". | Sign on a relator's business | Why this is incorrect: | "Babies" is a plural noun but, in the sentence, it needs to be singular and possessive. So, it should change to "baby" with an added apostrophe and S. | www.apostrophecatastrophes.com | "Dominigos" ends in an S and must be possessive so there should be an apostrophe after the S or between the original and an added S. | 3

4: RULE 2: POSSESSIVE IN | CORRECT USAGE | Why this is correct: | Why this is correct: | Why this is correct: | Rollling Stone Mag. July 2010 | Seventeen Mag. August 2011 | Shape Mag. August 2011 | 4 | The possessor is "parents" which is a regular plural so the apostrophe comes after the S. | The possessor is "Kings", which is a regular plural (ends in an S), so the apostrophe must come after the S (as shown). | This possessor is "children", which is a plural noun that doesn't end in an S, so an apostrophe and an extra S are added.

5: A PLURAL NOUN | INCORRECT USAGE | Why this is incorrect: | There should be an apostrophe before the S in "peoples" for the noun to be correctly possesive. | These words are just regular plural nouns (cabinets, kitchens, etc.) and there is no need for any of the words to be possessive. | Why this is incorrect: | www.apostropheabuse.com | Ad I found in a restaurant | Why this is incorrect: | The plural of "Jones" as "Joneses" is correct but there is no need for it to be possessive with the apostrophe at the end. | www.cartoonstock.com | 5

6: RULE 3: INDICATE A | CORRECT USAGE | Why these are correct: | Unlike the example on the "wrong" side, this amount of time (a week) has an apostrophe before the added S to correctly indicate that "week" is possessive but is only one unit of time. | www.moneycontrol.com | Why this is correct: | This is correct for the same reason as stated above. However, the amount of time is now a "day". | www.time.com | 6

7: TIME OR A QUANTITY | INCORRECT USAGE | Personal DVD cover | Why this is incorrect: | This is wrong because when mentioning a time in writing when it's more than one unit of time, (like two weeks), you need to add an apostrophe after the S. This indicates to readers that it's a time but also more than one unit's worth. | 7 | Why this is incorrect: | There are several "yards" in the sentence, so since "yards" is a quantity and there is more than one of said quantity, there should be an apostrophe after the last S to indicate this. | Long Range Hunting Mag. August 2011 (online)

8: RULE 4: TO SHOW | CORRECT USAGE | Why these are correct: | Since both of these numbers omit their first two digits, they need an apostrophe before the numbers (facing the correct way) and not a single quotation mark. | Wine Spectator Mag. August 2011 | www.fooarchive.com | Personal Book Cover | Why this is correct: | The apostrophe is facing the correct way and omitting the two first numbers of the date correctly. | 8

9: OMISSION OF NUMBERS (dates) | INCORRECT USAGE | Why this is incorrect: | When you are writing a year and omitting the first two numbers, the apostrophe should be turned right side up and horizontally flipped (like a regular apostrophe, not like a single quotation mark). | everythingyouknowaboutenglishiswrong.com | 9 | Why this is incorrect: | There are 2 omitted numbers here (2 and 0), however, there is no apostrophe to represent these lost numbers, so this is incorrect. | Game DVD Cover

10: RULE 5: TO SHOW | CORRECT USAGE | Why this is correct: | "Couldn't" is the combination of "could" and "not" so, to express the omission of the O, an apostrophe must go between the N and T (which this shows). | Why this is correct: | "Its" and "it's" are one of the most commonly misused words. However, in this example, the "it's" is used correctly because it shows the combination of "it" and "is" with the apostrophe perfectly. | Seventeen Mag. August 2011 | Shape Mag. August 2011 | Philadelphia Business Journal July 2011 Issue | "You'll" is a combination of "you" and "will" and in this example, the apostrophe represents the omitted W and I so it is placed in the right spot. | Why this is correct: | Why this is correct: | The apostrophe represents the missing "e" | www.phrases.org.uk | 10

11: OMISSION OF LETTERS | INCORRECT USAGE | www.apostropheabuse.com | The apostrophe before the T is correct because it omits the O, but the extra apostrophe is unnecessary. | Why this is incorrect: | Why this is incorrect: | This word is supposed to be "we're" not "were" (because it is a combination of we and are), so an apostrophe is required in between the E and R. | www.apostrophecatastrophes.com | www.gbgcopywriting.com | Why this is incorrect: | In this case, the writer used the "it is" omission version when the "its" or pronoun version was needed. | This is incorrect because, as stated before, "it's" and "its" are very commonly mixed up. | 11

12: RULE 6: INDICATE PLURALS | CORRECT USAGE | Why this is correct: | This is correct because the plurals of the words "if", "and" and "but" have apostrophes before all of the S's, which indicate the plurals perfectly. | Personal CD cover | Personal CD cover | Why this is correct: | This is the correct way to write plurals of letters because the S's both have apostrophes before them, indicating that there is more than one "a" or "b". | 12

13: OF LETTERS AND WORDS | INCORRECT USAGE | Why this is incorrect: | I took that the author of this article was trying to write the common saying "No if's, and's or but's". So, this is wrong because when you write the plurals of words, you need to add an extra S and an apostrophe in front of it. | There are said to be many ways to write this phrase "do's and don't's". However, I think that you should always add the extra S and apostrophe when writing the plurals of words. | Why this is incorrect: | Seventeen Mag. October 2010 | blogs.wsj.com/Wall Street Journal March 2011 | 13

14: PAPER SOURCES: | 14 | - Any photo that does not have a website, magazine or newspaper citation below it is from my own findings (with an explination of where it was found below the picture). MAGAZINES: - Seventeen Magazine August 2011/October 2010 Issues - Rolling Stone Magazine July 2010 Issue - Shape Magazine August 2011 Issue - Wine Spectator Magazine August 2011 Issue NEWSPAPERS: - Philadelphia Business Journal August 2011 Issue - Wall Street Journal (online) March 2011 - Long Range Hunting Magazine August 2011 (online)

15: - Any photo that does not have a website, magazine or newspaper citation below it is from my own findings (with an explination of where it was found below the picture). WEBSITES: - http://www.apostropheabuse.com/ - http://www.apostrophecatastrophes.com/ - http://www.everythingyouknowaboutenglishiswrong.com/ - http://www.blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/03/01/boehner-if-ands-and-buts-were-candy-and-nuts/tab/print/ - http://www.gpgcopywriting.com/ - http://www.fooarchive.com/features/qmay11.htm - http://www.cartoonstock.com/cartoonview.asp?catref=dbrn1070 - http://www.phrases.org.uk/images/keep-up-with-the-joneses.gif - http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/business/sand-prices-to-falla-weeks-time-pwd-minister_562143.html - http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,2037749,00.html | 15 | WEBSITE SOURCES:

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