Apostrophes - Practice

Intermediate Practice

Choose the correct word form to complete the sentence.

Example: Bigger bills are enough to make people realize that their/they’re overspending their money, and its/it’s time to start saving.

Answer: Bigger bills are enough to make people realize that they’re overspending their money, and it’s time to start saving.

  1. Rock climbing is important in Travis’/Travis’s social activities and relationships.
  2. Discrimination is present in todays/today’s society, and there’s/they’re still a stereotype that prevents society as a whole from progressing.
  3. Anarchism is a political philosophy which means that people believe that a stateless society will make people’s/peoples’ lives better.
  4. The most important thing to enjoy your/you’re life is to be thankful for everything.
  5. My brother is a Mexican American in his late 30’s/30s, is covered with tattoos, and wears a muscle shirt.
  6. I recommend fixing the uneven locks inside every stall of the woman’s/women’s bathroom in Giedt Hall.
  7. The beach cruisers/cruisers’ style looks stupid because its/it’s wide and clunky.
  8. After reading this article, I have come to the conclusion that I cannot relate to the author’s/authors’ main point, even though global warming is something that affects everyone worldwide.
  9. To a country, the aerospace industry is very significant to its/it’s development.
  10. In Bradley and Engelstein’s/Bradley’s and Engelstein’s articles, the authors each look at the same empirical data and information about Russia during the 1800s/1800’s.

Advanced Practice

In each set of sentences, one sentence is ungrammatical and three sentences are grammatical. Identify and explain which sentence is ungrammatical. For the remaining 3 sentences, describe their differences in terms of meaning or grammatical function.

  • Example set:
    1. She's bought snack.
    2. She could've bought a snack
    3. She could have bought a snack.
    4. She could of bought a snack.
  • Answer set:
    1. Grammatical. She's is the contracted form of she has.
    2. Grammatical. Could've is the contracted form of could have.
    3. Grammatical. No possessives or contractions.
    4. Ungrammatical in written English. Could of is a spoken version of could have.
    1. They’re freshmen.
    2. Their freshman.
    3. Their freshman are in debt.
    4. They’re in debt.
    1. My friend’s apartment is nice.
    2. My friends’ apartment is nice.
    3. My friends have a nice apartment.
    4. My friend’s have a nice apartment.
    1. John Brooks’ family sent me a letter.
    2. The Brooks family sent me a letter.
    3. I received a letter from the Brookses’.
    4. The Brookses’ letter was sent to me.
    1. Lewis and Laurie’s children are in college.
    2. Lewis’s and Laurie’s children are in college.
    3. Lewis’ and Laurie’s children are in college.
    4. Lewis and Laurie’s children’s are in college.