Uses of the apostrophe

The main use of apostrophe is to show that a person or thing belongs to somebody.

We indicate this by adding an apostrophe and ‘s’ to singular nouns.

  • This is John’s laptop.
  • He is my brother’s colleague.

In the case of plural nouns ending in ‘s’ only an apostrophe is added.

  • The students’ hostel is not far from here.

When the plural noun does not end in ‘s’, we use an apostrophe and ‘s’ to form the possessive form.

  • They have a nice collection of children’s books.

Apostrophe is also used to show that letters or numbers have been omitted.

  • I’m not interested in this. (I’m = I am)
  • June ’99 = June 1999

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