Here's what the protagonist in a movie said (I'm typing what I heard, may or may not be grammatically correct): "Balls in your court".

In that phrase, the term 'balls' is shortened version of "Ball is..."

What I don't understand is that how do I write a grammatically correct sentence which has a shortened version of "Ball is in your court" that sounds like "Balls in your court"?

Is it "Ball's in your court" OR "Balls in your court" (as I mentioned above) OR is it something else?

I'm skeptical about "Ball's in your court" because that apostrophe would imply that it's about something related to the ball; it just feels out of place.

I hope the question is clear otherwise let me know. Thank you.

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  • Apostrophes are also used to indicate contractions. – Jim Jun 14 '17 at 5:23
  • @Xanne Oh, I get it. You may consider posting that as an answer. I'll mark it answered. – Anoneemus Jun 14 '17 at 7:26

Ball's in your court.

's is used to mean 1. possession (or) is 2. short for is/has/does/us.

(Reference for the second meaning - google is. "it's raining" has. "she's gone" us. pronoun: 's "let's go" does. "what's he do?"

More examples: Apple's not good - Apple is not good Apple's quality is not good - The quality of apple is referred to here.


"Ball's in your court" is what you heard. It's short for "the ball is in your court" meaning that it's up to you to make the next move.

  • You can strengthen this answer by explaining that it is a contraction. – aparente001 Jun 16 '17 at 2:05

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