In this video, Judy Steiner-Willams explains the three major uses of the apostrophe. Plurals and possessives are reviewed. Examples are examined illustrating how a sentence’s meaning changes depending on the placement of the apostrophe. How the Supreme Court and style manuals may disagree on where to place the apostrophe is also discussed.
- [Voiceover] That infamous apostrophe,…or air comma as I've heard it called.…What is it?…A little mark that serves multiple purposes.…It replaces letters to form a contraction.…Does not, doesn't.…It is, it's.…It also replaces numbers as in '15,…replacing the 20 for 2015.…And it can help avoid confusion.…Look at these two sentences.…"She used three I's in the sentence" with the apostrophe.…
"She used three is in the sentence" without the apostrophe.…In the second sentence, it looks like the word is,…but in this example,…"Do you have any DVDs that I could buy?" is correct.…There's no confusion, just plural.…So the apostrophe isn't needed.…And although it's called a single quote mark…rather than an apostrophe, it looks like an apostrophe…when it's used in quotes like this.…According to CareerBuilder.com,…"When applying for a job, there are few faster ways…"to get your resume and cover letter thrown…"out of contention than by making…a 'glaring grammatical error'."…That single quote mark is to show a quote within a quote.…
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- Identify irregular verbs and explain how to use them appropriately in all tenses.
- List the seven coordinating conjunctions.
- Recognize commonly misused and misunderstood words.
- Determine correct comma placement.
- Explain the difference between a colon and a semicolon.
- Name the four sentence structures.