Friday, October 25, 2013

Grammar Day: Apostrophe S ('s)

Grammar is a tricky subject. With all the rules and exceptions, how can a person keep track? I can't answer that, but I can help with little pieces here and there.

Today's Topic: Apostrophe S ('s)

Basic Rule: When it comes to apostrophes, a good rule to follow is that an apostrophe adds a second word. This isn't always true, but you'll be right more often than you're wrong.

For example, let's vs. lets:
let's = let uslets = allows
Since context always helps me learn...
Let's [let us] go to the beach.

She lets us swim without a lifeguard.
Some Other Examples:
it's = it is/it was
that's = that is/that was
there's = there is/there was 
Basically...apostrophe s is not the way to make a word a plural.

Any Exceptions? When making nouns (people, places, or things) possessive, the apostrophe s doesn't create a second word.
Jane's dance bag. 
The company's contract.
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