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What Are Apostrophes? (with Examples)An apostrophe (') is a punctuation mark used to replace a missing letter(s), to show the possessive form of a noun, or to show an awkward plural.
Below is a quick overview of when apostrophes are used. Click here for a more comprehensive version of this list or click on the "Read more" link with each entry.
When to Use Apostrophes (A Very Quick Overview)Below is a quick overview on when to use apostrophes.
(1) Use an apostrophe to replace missing letters.
- can't (The apostrophe replaces no in cannot.)
- isn't (The apostrophe replaces o in is not.)
- don't (The apostrophe replaces o in do not.)
Read more about apostrophes to replace missing letters.
(2) Use an apostrophe to create the possessive form of a noun.
- The fire fighters' code
- The women's hat
- The dog's dinner (one dog, one dinner)
- The dogs' dinners (several dogs, several dinners)
- The dogs' dinner (several dogs, one dinner)