September 25, 2010

Grammar Bit #6.

Trouble with apostrophes?

Use an apostrophe to make a noun possessive.

EX. That is Jill's book.
Meaning, the book belongs to Jill.

If the noun is plural and ends in s, just add an apostrophe.

EX. The writers' books were fun to read.
Meaning, there is more than one writer.

If a name ends in s, add an apostrophe and s.
* This rule varies. Some argue it's perfectly fine to add just an apostrophe, without the s.

EX. That is James's tie.


  1. Another great tidbit! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. OMG! This one really annoys me, because it seems that so many people have no clue how it works. ARGH!! In the case of a name that ends with S, I usually do as: James'. I don't know why. It just kind of fits better with me.

  3. Misused apostrophes are my biggest pet peeve. Your tidbit is very succinct. I would add that you are always adding "apostrophe s" to show possession and then dropping the "s" if it is not spoken. Hence I think they're wrong on American Idol when they caption people as "Chris' mom" because it should be "Chris's mom".
    (Popped over from Edge of Escape)


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