piatok, 24 mája, 2024



Apostrophes in English have many rules, along with exceptions to these rules. Anyway, their two main uses are:

1] To show that some letters have been taken out of a word to shorten it.

The apostrophe goes where the letters have been removed, e. g.

  • is not becomes isnt
  • do not > dont
  • I would like to > Id like to

2] To show belonging.

To do this, we usually add ’s.

  • the horses tail – shows that the tail belongs to the horse
  • Pauls bike is …
  • Jens brother works as …


In words that end in -s apostrophe goes after the -s that is already there, e. g.:

  • The octopus legs are thin = the legs belong to the octopus