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The Proper Use of Apostrophes


I begin will this punctuation series with the story of the apostrophe since this is the most abused among the punctuation family. It is the favourite cliche of the advertisers. You must have seen signs like: sale!!!!! hey dude!!!! etc. So what are the rules for an apostrophe. Here are some tips on its use:  


Tip 1: Use apostrophe in contractions. For example: I’m coming just now. I’ll say that tomorrow  

Tip 2:Use apostrophe in possessive nouns: That car is Tony’s. This is Jane’s house. When referring to the plural of letters and words: I have seen too many Harry’s in this list.

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Where is their car?Look at their dirty shoes.Their marks were poor.
The word 'they're' is a shortened version of 'they are'. See the following sentences:

They are going to the park.I think, they are a bunch of idiots.

'There' is used to show a place.

I saw the thief over there.Let us search over there. 'There' is also used to mean something that exists: There are three chairs in the room.There is no place for us to sit.There is no shortcut to success.

Author: Jims Varkey
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