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ACET GUIDE TO THE APOSTROPHE

While stuck in a traffic jam the other day I passed the time by reading some of the advertisements around me. My heart skipped a beat when I saw a van, advertising ‘Irelands best bread’. Missing and misplaced apostrophes may not bother everyone, but for an ELT teacher, they are a real heartbreaker. A nice meal can be ruined when a menu offers “fresh vegetable’s”. A stroll along the beach spoiled by signs like “dogs’ must be kept on a leash” or “try our delicious ice cream’s”. Have you been shopping and seen “DVD’s for sale”?
If native speakers can’t get it right, what chance is there for our learners?

Here at ACET we have prepared this simple guide which should be helpful.

Further Reading:
http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com/apostrophe.html

http://www.writingbar.com/2011/12/grammar-and-punctuation/your-guide-to-apostrophes/

Quiz:
http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar_quiz/apostrophes_1.asp

 


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