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English Punctuation Is Important

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I'm often surprised how little punctuation is taught in English classes in China. To be excellent in English, you must learn punctuation and know how to use it. Here is a short lesson in using the apostrophe ( ' ) in English punctuation (from www.yourdictionary.com).

Apostrophes ( ' ) Show Possession or Indicate an Omission (something that is left out (omitted))

An apostrophe is used to show possession or ownership. An apostrophe and an -s should be added to singular possessive nounsplural possessive nouns that do not end in -s, and singular possessive nouns that end in -s. Only an apostrophe should be used when showing possession or ownership for a plural possessive noun that ends in -s.

  • Singular possessive noun: Susan's book

  • Singular possessive noun ending in -s: Chris's car

  • Plural possessive nouns: the children's school

  • Plural possessive noun that ends in -s: my parents' house

An apostrophe can also be used to show that a letter has been omitted from a word to form a contraction. For example, "they're" is a contraction of "they are" and "it's" is a contraction of "it is." (Note that "its" is a possessive pronoun.)



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Michael is the author of the transformational book, Powerful Attitudes. He is a professional educator, an educational consultant, an author. He lives in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. He enjoys playing guitar and writing poetry. He loves China.

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