Thursday, December 20, 2012
Quick lesson: apostrophes
Using an apostrophe correctly is one of the hardest parts of learning English. Apostrophes are little marks mostly used to indicate whether something belongs to someone, or whether something is plural.
Read the rules below to see how to use apostrophes correctly when you are writing in English!
1. Is the thing you are talking about plural? (Plural means more than one)
Example sentence: "I have two dogs with long tongues."
2. Are you trying to indicate possession? (Possession means to own something)
Example sentence: "Jenny's shoes look like bananas, she is so silly!"
3. Are you using a contraction? (A contraction is when you remove some letters from one or two words to make a shorter word)
In this case you should use an apostrophe
Example sentences: "I can't (this is a contraction for the word cannot) fit my whole hand in my mouth."
"I don't (this is a contraction for the words do not) like broccoli."
We hope our lesson has been helpful, let us know some of your own examples of how to use apostrophes in the comments section!
Posted by Twin English Centres