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The “Possessive” Apostrophe


An apostrophe is normally used with the letter “s” to show ownership or possession. With most singular nouns, simply add an apostrophe plus the letter “s” to do this. An apostrophe plus “s” is never added to make a noun plural–even a proper noun.

Incorrect: This is Joans jacket. (possessive form)
Correct: This is Joan’s jacket.

If the singular noun ends with an “s”, add an apostrophe, plus an “s” if the extra syllable is pronounced. If the extra syllable is not pronounced (or if it otherwise looks confusing to add an apostrophe and an “s”), simply add an apostrophe.

The dress’s hem (Added syllable is pronounced.)
Lloyd Bridges’ son (Added syllable is not pronounced.)

Some authorities only add an apostrophe (without the “s”) to all words ending with “s”, regardless of its pronunciation. This is acceptable. Whichever standard you follow, be consistent.

Example: The dress’ hem
(Word ends in “s”, pronunciation does not matter.)

Please comment and create your own sentences using apostrophes to show possession.

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