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Rules for Apostrophe_____________________Here are some rules for its use. 1. An apostrophe is used to show the possessive case of proper nouns. • Allison Jones’ article (one person named Jones)• The Joneses’ article (two or more people named Jones) 2. If a singular or plural word does not end in s, add ’s to form the possessive. • a child’s wants• the men’s concerns• the people’s choice• everyone’s answer 3. If a proper noun or name ends in a silent s, z, or x, add an ’s • Theroux’s “The Mosquito Coast” 4. Do not use ’s with possessive pronouns: his, hers, ours, its, yours, theirs, whose. • The article was hers.• I have not seen its equal. 5. Use ’s only after the last word of a compound term. • my father-in-law’s book• an editor in chief’s decision• someone else’s problem
6. When showing joint possession with an organization’s or business firm’s name, use the possessive only in the last word. • the Food and Drug Administration’s policy• Hammond and Horn’s study

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