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You must have seen the sign (') many times. This sign is nothing but an apostrophe.

In this article, we will be dealing with the usage, types, and some explanation of apostrophe.

What is an Apostrophe?

Whenever we are making a statement about someone's possession with someone/something or possession to plurals, we use an apostrophe.

So apostrophe is a figure of speech for a lifeless thing or idea or quality. It is directly addressed as if it is alive or present.

Use of Apostrophe

The punctuation has two, and just two uses: 

  • To show ownership/ relation/possession and 

  • To demonstrate the exclusion of letters or numbers.

To additionally outline this point, let us inspect a portion of the standards that direct when punctuations ought to be utilized and where they ought to be set in a word. 

Normal Guidelines

Punctuation is used to show ownership of a person or thing. So if you needed to state the sister of Kavita, you could say Kavita's sister. That is a way how you indicated ownership utilizing punctuation.

Possessive normal things are basic things or pronouns that own different things. Punctuations are utilized to show this ownership in the following way: 

  • If the thing doesn't end in - s (as a rule, this implies it is particular), include - 's.

E.g., The boy's parents came all over from Dubai to meet us.

  • If the thing is solitary and finishes in - s, include - 's

E.g., The class's girls showed great teamwork. 

  • If the thing is plural and finishes in - s, 

E.g., The clutches' color was pretty awful.

  • On the off chance that the thing is plural and doesn't end in - s.

E.g., My teeth's enamel is damaged completely.

Difference between It's and Its? Which one to use where?


Used when something or someone is belonging to

E.g., Tree sheds its leaves twice a month.


Generally, an abbreviation for "it is" or "it has."

E.g., It's a wonderful picnic.

When to NOT use punctuation

The most well-known punctuation blunder is the expansion of punctuation, where one isn't required. We have discovered punctuations in some truly abnormal spots. Coming up next are the absolute most as often as possible made blunders: 

Try not to utilize punctuation in the possessive pronouns whose, our own, yours, his, hers, its, or theirs. 

Try not to utilize punctuation in things that are plural yet not possessive, for example, CDs, 1000s, or 1960s. 

Try not to utilize punctuation in action words. Punctuations now and again appear in action words that end in - s, for example, checks, sees, or finds. 

Some punctuation botches include the disarray of two words that sound the equivalent yet have various implications. 

The disarray of its and it's. It is a possessive pronoun, while it's is compression of it is.


So, this was all about apostrophes. To use the apostrophes, you must remember three fundamentals: Compression, Possession, and Omission. I hope this article gave you valuable insight into the topic.