Apostrophes - 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.
- Rock climbing is important in Travis’/Travis’s social activities and relationships.
- Discrimination is present in todays/today’s society, and there’s/they’re still a stereotype that prevents society as a whole from progressing.
- Anarchism is a political philosophy which means that people believe that a stateless society will make people’s/peoples’ lives better.
- The most important thing to enjoy your/you’re life is to be thankful for everything.
- My brother is a Mexican American in his late 30’s/30s, is covered with tattoos, and wears a muscle shirt.
- I recommend fixing the uneven locks inside every stall of the woman’s/women’s bathroom in Giedt Hall.
- The beach cruisers/cruisers’ style looks stupid because its/it’s wide and clunky.
- 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.
- To a country, the aerospace industry is very significant to its/it’s development.
- 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.
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:
- She's bought snack.
- She could've bought a snack
- She could have bought a snack.
- She could of bought a snack.
- Answer set:
- Grammatical. She's is the contracted form of she has.
- Grammatical. Could've is the contracted form of could have.
- Grammatical. No possessives or contractions.
- Ungrammatical in written English. Could of is a spoken version of could have.
- They’re freshmen.
- Their freshman.
- Their freshman are in debt.
- They’re in debt.
- My friend’s apartment is nice.
- My friends’ apartment is nice.
- My friends have a nice apartment.
- My friend’s have a nice apartment.
- John Brooks’ family sent me a letter.
- The Brooks family sent me a letter.
- I received a letter from the Brookses’.
- The Brookses’ letter was sent to me.
- Lewis and Laurie’s children are in college.
- Lewis’s and Laurie’s children are in college.
- Lewis’ and Laurie’s children are in college.
- Lewis and Laurie’s children’s are in college.