That Dratted Apostrophe!
Q: What’s the difference between the meanings of these words: runs, run’s, and runs’?
A: Depends on how it’s used and what the writer means it to mean.
Insert an apostrophe where needed in the following underlined words:
- A whales spout is an amazing sight.
- Dont let it be said that Jacks a dummy.
- When Jacks mother Doris saw him on Mothers Day, she smiled.
- Boys will be boys, she said, her hearts beat up three notches.
- The political cant over redistricting cant be understated.
- Several times, when better times prevailed, the Times ran birth announcements.
- The childrens birthday candles flames heated the room.
Val’s Answers to Grammar Quiz #68
1. whale’s (Possessive: one whale; one spout)
2. Don’t (Contraction: do not) Jack’s (Contraction: Jack is)
3. Jack’s (Possessive: Doris is his mother) Mothers Day (up for grabs; maybe, maybe not; what do you think?)
4. heart’s (Possessive: the beat belonged to the heart.)
5. can’t (Contraction: can not. You knew that a cant (without apostrophe) is a noun.
6. (Not an apostrophe in the lot!)
7. children’s (Possessive on a plural noun) candles’ (Possessive on another plural noun.