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Questions tagged [apostrophe]

Questions relating to the use of the apostrophe (’).

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At the beginning of a sentence in dialogue that sounds incomplete, should you use an apostrophe?

I'm not sure where I picked up this habit, but I think it might be grammatically incorrect. I'm a fiction writer and have just started working on a new novel, so I want to clear this up before I get ...
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S and apostrophe's position

I know the topic has already been discussed, for example, here the accepted answer talks about possessives, but I wonder if my specific case is about possessives or something else. These are the ...
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Apostrophe instead of the first sound. Where do I read about it?

What sources are there about rules for such contractions in American English when the first sound of the word isn’t pronounced. There’s an apostrophe or something like this instead. F/e, the ...
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Users wrists or user's wrists - addressing all wrists of users [closed]

I am launching new wearable software company with motto: Get your service on users wrists and I am not sure if it should be users or user's. By the motto, I want to tell that you can get your ...
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Which is correct? “The days still young.” Or “The day's still young.” [closed]

Is the apostrophe needed? I was leaning towards yes.
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Is it “Balcony”, “Balcony's” or “Balconies”? [closed]

Which one is correct in these contexts? "I shifted my eyes away from the balcony view and looked at [name]..." "I shifted my eyes away from the balcony's view and looked at [name]..." "I shifted my ...
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Do you need an apostrophe if the noun proceeds the subject? [closed]

If I wanted to write out a sentence where the noun proceeds the subject, ie: the church of Christian's, would I need an apostrophe?
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Apostrophe use in a title

I have seen titles, such as books or business names, that omit the apostrophe. Is this proper? Can a title be apostrophe free if the author chooses? EX: Tom and Sallies Big Adventure. Should Sallies ...
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Does the apostrophe come before or after the s when the noun is less than one?

I have a noun, "second", that I need to make possessive in the sentence, It's like having a second's slower reflexes. When I make it plural, the apostrophe comes after the s. It's like having ...
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Does a possessive still require an apostrophe when a noun has been omitted to avoid repetition?

This is quite hard to explain (and seemingly impossible to search for on Google) so here's an example: In relation to dogs and their owners (masters), I saw this sentence: "Their understanding of the ...
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Where to put apostrophe after “their” when referring to plural noun? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? I'm not sure where to put the apostrophe on "phones": This software allows iphone users to remotely access their phone's settings. vs This software allows iphone users to ...
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How to use possessives when the subject has a number after? [duplicate]

I have a question about possessives. While "Peter's ball" is easy and clear. How do I express the notion of "the ball that belongs to agent 2"? Would it be "agent's 2 ball" or "agent 2's ball" or ...
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How to use apostrophes for repeated possessives? [closed]

As I get older I become more pedantic. I recently wanted to write a message explaining my dread of going to weddings of children of my friends. Which of the following is correct: I am dreading ...
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Possessive nouns, the apostrophe, and no 'S'

I was watching an episode of Last Week Tonight With John Oliver. It's an American show hosted by an Englishman. He displayed a paragraph of text during the show which read, "The Bad Boys Club' T-...
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Johnson's or Johnsons [duplicate]

I am ordering a flag. It says "Welcome Summer" and then under that is the name The Johnsons or The Johnson's Husband and wife live in one dwelling. I know if it ...
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Should I use the possessive apostrophe or an attribute noun on a business card?

I have designed some stationary items (such as letterhead and business card) for a website/brand (XYZ.Com for instance), and I need help to choose the correct sentence among those below: The ...
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Use of Possesive Pronouns

Say, I want to tell my readers to come visit the U.S. and enjoy American lifestyle (such as eating American hamburgers, watching football games, playing Beerpong, etc). Then which of the followings ...
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BFFs or BFF's? Which one is right? [duplicate]

Here's the sentence - We Put These BFF's to the test. Is this correct or wrong and why?
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Parking sign apostrophe? [duplicate]

Should there be an apostrophe in the sign "residents parking". A quick Google search suggests there shouldn't. But why not? Is "residents" an adjective?
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Master thesis, master's degree thesis or master degree thesis

I searched online and I understood that "master's degree" retains the apostrophe, while the relative thesis is commonly referred to as "master thesis". However, of the forms Master thesis Master's ...
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If someone famous owns a dog, is it “someone famous’ dog”? [duplicate]

If my two neighbors own a cat, it’s "my neighbors’ cat". If someone famous owns a dog, what's the correct way to describe it: "someone famous’ dog"?
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Found in Mary'r Room [closed]

Why am I not to say "… found in Mary'r room," which ought to be the logically correct way to use the genitive apostrophe? Something could as reasonably be found in Mary'r room if it could be ...
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Apostrophe in “Play is our brains favorite way of learning.”? [closed]

Should there be an apostrophe in the following sentence. If so, where? "Play is our brains favorite way of learning."
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“Leader's Workshop” or “Leaders' Workshop”? [duplicate]

Leader's Workshop or Leaders' Workshop Which is correct? A team of twenty leaders will be attending the workshop.
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Schools Pupils' Reports or without apostrophe?

Not finding a solid answer on google. This title: Schools Pupils' Reports to Parents School's Pupils' Reports to Parents Which one is correct?
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Do you use an apostrophe with opinions?

Are the following sentences correct? John's opinion about the sports car shocked his friend. The Board of Director's opinion about the unresolved issue is that it should have already been ...
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If a noun is followed by brackets, where should the apostrophe be placed to show possession?

Which of the following four sentences has used the apostrophe in the correct way? Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) teeth were glinting in the sunlight. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)'s teeth ...
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How do you pronounce the possessive form of Las Vegas? [duplicate]

How do you pronounce the possessive form of Las Vegas? Example: Las Vegas' best radio station Is it correct to put only an apostrophe after the 's' when writing the possessive form of this noun?
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Use (or not) of appostrohe when making an abbreviated plural [duplicate]

We had a discussion the other day that needs settling. I am a medical student and in our "industry" we use a lot of three letter abbreviations such as: CPR (Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation), PUN (...
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Which is correct Jess' or Jess's [duplicate]

Please help us solve our debate. One person says to write "Jess' Bridal Shower", the other says to write "Jess's Bridal Shower". What is the correct way, or are the both correct?
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What if there is an apostrophe in a quote, and that quote is in a quote? [duplicate]

I’m writing a passage with quotes from a book, but that quote has an apostrophe. What do I do if the situation is this?: “Yes, yes, I’ll tell you,” said John. Around that should be another pair of ...
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What is the correct way to say “It was this week that Justin and my lives changed forever”?

What is the correct way to indicate "Justin and I" as being possessive of our individual lives in this sentence? Is there a way to do this without restructuring the sentence? A friend of mine posted ...
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“One of the perpetrator’s faces” or “One of the perpetrators’ faces”? [closed]

I'm a transcriber and this has been a debate. An attorney says: "One of the perpetrators faces." Would you use 's or s'?
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“It has it's reason …” [closed]

Is this grammatically correct? It has it’s reason why it has to be happened”. Tried to check it on Google but its not there. I just need to clarify if this statement is correct for the quotation ...
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I have this sentence: 'They were no longer afraid of losing the respect of their colleagues.' Do I need an apostrophe after 'colleagues' or not?

I'm not sure if you can possess respect. I think if I had worded it differently, such as 'They were no longer afraid of losing their colleagues' respect' I wouldn't have a problem with the apostrophe, ...
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Possessive apostrophe in “teams' time”?

In this sentence: Used by companies to manage their teams' time. Is that the correct possessive usage on teams? Does it matter if a company has more than one team or not? (I assume it does not.) ...
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Is “singer of the band's wife” a correct alternative to “wife of the band's singer”? [duplicate]

Isn't this sentence: He stole the singer of that band's wife. a wrong attempt at saying: He stole the wife of that band's singer. Someone pointed this out: The <singer of the band>'s ...
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“My and my sister, Anna Smith's records” or “My and my sister's, Anna Smith, records.” [duplicate]

I'm writing a request letter to my and my sister's high school but I don't how to properly say it. I, Rebecca Smith, would like to request a copy of my and my sister, Anna Smith's Transcript of ...
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Valid use of apostrophe for abbreviated words

My understanding of the correct use of the apostrophe would be: the posessive form, e.g. ApostropheLover's obsession with the apostrophe a contraction: don't, it's, there's an abbreviation, my id' ...
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Apostrophe on plurals of a word abbreviated with a symbol?

I can't find any good resources on this topic. We have an application that will abbreviate words at certain screen sizes and uses nomenclature specific to our client's fields. One question that ...
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Apostrophe usage for vehicle name [duplicate]

This is the context: 'The 21h00 draw features two Suzuki Ignis up for grabs.' I don't know whether it's Ignis', Ignis's or just Ignis Thank you.
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Omitting the subject of a sentence using an apostrophe

I frequently see co-workers omitting the subject of a sentence and replacing it with an apostrophe. Is there some informal rule for this? I could only find anecdotal examples. Here are a few: 1) '...
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When do i use an apostrophe [duplicate]

do I need to use an apostrophe in a sign I had made, CONTRACTORS ENTRANCE thanks for your help
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Apostrophe for possession

I have the following (probably, but hopefully not) problem. For me, it is often not clear when to use a possessive apostrophe in engineering speech. Consider the following sentence: thus ...
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Singular possessive ending with “ss”, before another word starting with “s” [duplicate]

The existing discussion (and its duplicates) and the Wikipedia commentary seem pretty conclusive on the general subject of singular nouns ending with an "s". But what about phrases like "a process's ...
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Apostrophe when the noun is for the use of rather than belonging to [duplicate]

Do the examples 'buyers guide' and 'teachers lounge' carry an apostrophe. At first glance they appear like possessives, but actually the first words are more like descriptions. My instinct is 'buyers ...
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Plurals of acronyms on BBC website [duplicate]

Sinn Féin has confirmed that one of their MLA's has removed a clamp from the front wheel of his car, using what appears to be bolt cutters, in Belfast. This is from the BBC website. I know the ...
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In British English should it be “Rockstar Games' products” or “Rockstar Games's products” [duplicate]

In British English should it be "Rockstar Games' products" or "Rockstar Games's products" to make it possessive? I would also like to check if the same rule applies if the company name's first word ...
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plural posession [duplicate]

I am doubting if it is possible to say something like: Others in Wallace’s place would have settled for inventorying of Garner’s dictionary’s virtues. I really do not like having two < 's > ...
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What is the ’s-possessive form of “the king of Troy, Priam”? [duplicate]

“This was brought about by the king of Troy’s, Priam’s, death.” In this sentence, should the ’s be tagged on to “the king of Troy”, “Priam”, or both?