Practical English Usage
English grammar and vocabulary exercises
We use apostrophes (’) for three main reasons.
It is used in writing a contraction to show the place of the omitted letters.
can’t (= cannot)
We use apostrophes in writing most possessives.
the girl’s father
Possessive determiners and pronouns do not have apostrophes.
Apostrophes are used in the plurals of letters, and often of numbers and abbreviations.
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