Apostrophe Uses

There are three reasons why we use apostrophes.

Use these worksheets after you have learned the apostrophe rules.

1. Contractions CONTRACTIONS CONTRACTIONS Click here for a list
Two or more words that are joined together and that are missing some letters. We put an ' in the word to show that letters were removed.

Use contractions for speaking and for informal writing such as emails to friends/family, texting, etc.

Do not use contractions for business writing, college writing, or other formal writing.
2. NOUN Possession (click here for practice)
Singular and Plural NOUNS can own things and need an apostrophe to show ownership/possession (Click here for more practice choices)
3. Plural Abbreviations that DO NOT Spell Out A Word
Don’t (do+not)
The girl’s jacket is red.
Didn’t (did+not)
The five girls’ jackets are red.
We’ll (we+will)
The building’s roof is black.
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Using apostrophes with nouns: (click here to practice)
A possessive noun tells us who (or what) owns or has something. Possessives answer the question "Whose?" Study the following rule and examples.

RULE 1: Singular Nouns: Add 's to the end of the word.

cat > cat's
girl > girl's
RULE 2: Plural Nouns Ending in S: Add '
persons > persons'
girls > girls'
RULE 3: Plural Nouns Not Ending in S: Add 's
women > women's

Click here to see a list of irregular plural nouns.
Rule 1: to make a singular word possessive, just add 's

A BIG mistake that people often make with apostrophes -
Using an apostrophe with possessive pronouns - don't do it!
Possessive Pronouns
Certain pronouns called possessive pronouns show ownership. Some are used alone; some describe a noun.
  • Used alone: mine, yours, his, hers, ours, theirs, whose Correct: That computer is hers.
  • Modify noun: my, your, his, her, its, our, their, whose
  • Correct: That is her computer.
Please note that possessive pronouns do not use an apostrophe.
Click here for practice with possessive pronouns.Click here to learn about possessive pronouns.