When to use apostrophes (and when not)

When to Use an Apostrophe
Just basic grammar here, folks.

Every once in awhile a person comes along and turns the web on its head.

That person offers a service or simple website that just makes life better for everyone who visits it. Such is the case with apostrophe.me, created by Matthew Inman.

Alright, maybe this site isn’t that world-changing, but if I had a dime for every time I saw someone use an apostrophe when it wasn’t necessary…well, I’d have a lot of dimes.

The most common misuse of apostrophes I see is when they’re added before the “s” on plural words. For example, if you own a lot of pets, you don’t own a lot of pet’s.

If you’ve watched a lot of YouTube videos, you haven’t watched a lot of YouTube video’s. And if you’re not sure when to use apostrophes, just know it’s almost never when a word is plural. Start with that.

You can progress from there to using apostrophes whenever you want to show that something or someone possesses something else. “Those are Bob’s potato chips,” for instance. “This isn’t Tony’s blog,” is another example. And what if the word is plural? “The politicians’ anger over Arizona’s immigration law was evident.” Note the apostrophe AFTER the “s” on that last one.

It’s why I like apostrophe.me. Good, concise advice beyond those wicked plurals to get to know your native language better.

Just an FYI for you. Do with it what you please.

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