Frequently Made Mistakes in Grammar and Mechanics
Apostrophes are used with nouns to indicate possession or to make contractions.
- Contractions are made when you use an apostrophe to combine a noun and a verb.
- He or she is = he’s or she’s
- They are = they’re
- We have = we’ve
- I will = I’ll
- I would = I’d
- Possessions show that something belongs to someone.
- Add ’s to the end of a singular noun to make it possessive even if the word ends in s.
- For example: John’s car = the car that belongs to John.
- James’s house = the house that belongs to James.
- Add ’s to the end of a plural noun that does not end in s.
- For example: The children’s books = the books that belong to the children.
- The women’s suitcases = the suitcases that belong to the women.
- Add s’ to the end of a plural noun that ends in s.
- For example: The trucks’ engines = the many engines that belong to many trucks.
- Add ’s to the end of compound nouns.
- For example: The sister-in-law’s television = the television that belongs to the sister-in-law.