3 Apostrophe Rules You Need!

Here’s a terrific post on when and how to use apostrophes–one of the best I’ve read. Check it out, and perhaps bookmark it for future reference. And don’t forget to share, thanks! (Thanks also to Virginia S. Anderson for posting this on Just Can’t Help Writing. Very helpful, indeed!)

Just Can't Help Writing

One of those dastardly little conundrums of self-editing is the apostrophe.

The five basic comma rules

Our writing center at the institution where I taught had a handout titled “Rogue Apostrophes,” in recognition of the way these nasty squiggles had a way of popping up here and there in student papers, wherever the mood seemed to strike them.

””””””’ !

As with many punctuation marks, misplaced apostrophes don’t always get in the way of a reader’s understanding. But they can. When readers encounter something that looks as if it was a possessive but turns out not to be, they’ll mentally backtrack to clear up the confusion. Sometimes the reader doesn’t even notice the glitch in his or her attention, but it’s there all the same.

And even the slightest glitch in attention means that the reader has been kicked out of your story, even if just for a moment. Not good.

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5 thoughts on “3 Apostrophe Rules You Need!

    • My pleasure, Kass. Even if we’ve already learned these things, it’s easy to forget, and this is a good, clear reminder of the how and why. I’ve saved it for future reference, myself. 🙂


    • My pleasure, Virginia. Thanks for putting it all together in such a concise, easy-to-understand manner. I have saved it for future reference, in case I forget. (I do that now and then. I’m OOOOOLLLLD! 😀 )
      And nice to see you here, too. 🙂

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