2. When are apostrophes used?
1. Joining Words
You can use apostrophes to show that you have omitted (left out) some letters when you are
joining words together.
For example: Should not – shouldn’t
2. Showing possession
An apostrophe can be used to show that one thing belongs to (or is connected to) something.
This is called a possessive apostrophe.
Singular possession - when something belongs to only one person/thing.
For example - The cat's tail was fluffy.
3. Some examples of using apostrophes when joining words together:
• You are – You’re
• We are – We’re
• Will not – Won’t
• Could not – couldn’t
• She will – she’ll
• He is – he’s
• I am – I’m
• I will – I’ll
• Have not – haven’t
Remember to place the apostrophe where you have taken out the l
4. When Can You Join Words Together?
Joining words together should only be used in informal writing. Not formal wri
Informal Pieces of Writing:
Writing to a friend
Planning a draft piece of writing
Formal pieces of
5. When to use a Possessive Apostrophe
The apostrophe is used to show possession. You will need to add apostrophe and an ‘s’
The cat’s tail was fluffy.
The boy’s hat was on the chair.
If the singular noun ends in ‘S’- You only need to add an apostrophe.
Jess’ hat was on the chair.
Thomas’ shoes were under the bed.
6. When to use apostrophes with plurals
When the plural ends in an ‘s’ you only need too add an apostrophe
The brothers' feet were muddy.
When the plural does not end in an ‘s’ you will need to add an apostrophe and
For Example, The children’s gloves were on the radiator.
What to do next?
- Check-out our videos on apostrophes
- Take a quiz on apostrophes