Writing Tip #39: Learn When Not To Use Apostrophes
Learn when not to use apostrophes. Few mistakes send grammar snobs into a tizzy like misused apostrophes. It’s not hard to learn the apostrophe rules, and it’s worth the trouble just to avoid the grief you’ll get when you goof it up. Apostrophes are used to mark missing letters in contractions and to show possession in nouns. That’s it. Don’t use apostrophes for possessive pronouns, and don’t use them to create plurals (except in the rare instance when talking about plural lowercase letters: “Dot your i’s and cross your t’s”). Careless writers are prone to sprinkling their writing with unnecessary apostrophes. Don’t be careless.
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What about usage of apostrophe with “it”, as in the case of possessive versus the contraction of “it is”. Is an apostrophe used in both cases?
No. Its is a possessive pronoun, like his, hers, ours, and yours. These do not include an apostrophe. Only use an apostrophe when creating a contraction of “it is” or “it has.”
The other day I saw this on the back of a truck “Country Ladys Don’t Drive Mercedes.” She didn’t use an apostrophe… 🙂
And she shouldn’t have used an apostrophe. She should have used the correct plural form: ladies. 🙂
I guess I should have made it clear that I was teasing about the apostrophe. 🙂
Maybe. Or maybe I’m just a little slow on the uptake. 🙂